NEW YORK (WCBS 880) — Barclays Center which has been a hub for protests will now be a focal point for voting.
Officials announced Tuesday that the arena in Brooklyn will serve as a polling site for the November election.
Barclays Center will be open for early voting Oct. 24 through Nov. 1. Voters will also be able to cast their ballots at the sports and entertainment venue on Election Day, which is Nov. 3.
"We think it's very important, particularly during this pandemic, to provide the residents of this city with as many safe and open voting centers as possible," said John Abbamondi, CEO of BSE Global, the company that manages and operates the Brooklyn Nets and Barclays Center.
"We want to make sure that we cast our ballots as early as possible. That also gives us two weekends," Cumbo said.
"This year's election will be one of the most important in our city and country's history, and it comes amid a deadly pandemic that has upended every aspect of our daily lives,” said Brooklyn Borough President Eric Adams. “It is imperative that we provide all possible options to voters so they can safely and securely cast their ballots. I applaud Barclays Center for opening their space to New Yorkers who are looking to vote in person this year, whether early or on Election Day, and supporting our ongoing commitment to expanding civic participation in the borough of Brooklyn. I hope this partnership serves as a model for similar facilities and spaces nationwide."
Abbamondi said Barclays employees will also be encouraged to serve as poll workers either at the arena or a different location of their choosing.
To register to vote and find your polling site, visit www.vote.nyc.
Madison Square Garden will also be be an early voting and Election Day poll site this year.