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Jay-Z to Open Barclays Center With Three Shows

Brooklyn Nets co-owner will christen the team's new arena in style

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July 9, 2012 3:30 PM ET

With Brooklyn's Barclays Center set to open this fall, Brooklyn Nets minority owner Jay-Z will christen the team's new arena with three shows, reports Pollstar. The rapper had previously scheduled a September 28th concert but has now added shows on September 29th and 30th to celebrate the complex. Tickets for the shows will be available on July 13th at 10 a.m. EDT.

The extravagant new arena has some other big shows coming up this year. Journey is set for October 3rd, Barbra Streisand on October 11th and 13th, Rush on October 22nd and Justin Bieber on November 12th.

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