Jay-Z Is Barclays Center’s Opening Act

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Brooklyn’s new Barclays Center is officially open to the public, and to the now Brooklyn Nets.

To mark this monumental opening, Jay-Z, a partial owner of the Nets, grabbed a mic and christened the sports arena/concert hall with two dozen songs in front of an audience of 18,000.  His set included such Brooklyn odes as “Where I’m From,” about his childhood in Brooklyn’s Marcy projects, and “Brooklyn Go Hard.”

Jay-Z will be performing a total of eight shows at the center, this being the first.

During his performance Jay thanked his hometown, “I want to thank you, Brooklyn, New York City, for making me the man I am today,” he said. “Like I said, everybody’s from Brooklyn tonight.”

When a fan in the first row held up a Jackie Robinson’s Brooklyn Dodgers jersey, the rapper/mogul immediately asked to borrow it, holding up the jersey for the crowd and telling them, “Brooklyn had their heart broken,” he said referring to the Brooklyn Dodgers becoming the Los Angeles Dodgers in 1957.

“We cried for so many years. Look how far we’ve come.”

You can catch Jay-Z at the Barclay’s Center through October 6th.

–Kimberly Rae Miller, CBS Local

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