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New York Liberty to play home games at Barclays Center from 2020

NEW YORK, NY - OCTOBER 16: An exterior view of the Barclays Center prior to the season opening game between the New York Islanders and the Anaheim Ducks on October 16, 2016 in the Brooklyn borough of New York City. (Photo by Bruce Bennett/Getty Images)

Women’s National Basketball Association team New York Liberty will play their home games at the Barclays Center in Brooklyn, New York, from 2020.

The Liberty are owned by Alibaba billionaire Joe Tsai, who recently completed the purchase of the Brooklyn Nets and the Barclays Center, and the Liberty’s move had been anticipated following that transaction.

For the past two seasons, the Liberty played at Westchester County Center in White Plains, New York, where the capacity was 2,100. The Barclays Center will open the lower bowl for most Liberty games, creating a capacity of more than 8,000, with the option to expand.

The Liberty played one regular-season game at the Barclays Center last season following Tsai’s takeover, drawing a crowd of 7,715.

“We are committed to the Liberty’s long-term success in New York and relocating the team to Brooklyn will provide the franchise with tremendous opportunity,” said David Levy, the new chief executive of the Nets and Barclays Center.

“With many of our fans based in the five boroughs, moving to Barclays Center will make the Liberty more centrally located, allowing us to bring back the original fan base and attract new supporters. The venue change, along with the first pick in the 2020 WNBA Draft, has positioned the team for an exciting future,” he said.

According to the Liberty’s chief operating officer Keia Clark, the team will share many assets with the Nets, including having their offices at the NBA team’s training facility.

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