The Barclays Center looming over Brooklyn Brownstones and small shops (Copyright Argun M. Ulgen)
From its inaugural year in 1968, Madison Square Garden has been one of the most fabled arenas in American sports history.
Two New York Knicks championship banners (1970 and '72) hang off the Garden's rafters. The Garden has been home to Hall of Famers Walt Clyde Frazier, Earl Monroe, Willis Reed, and Patrick Ewing.
For some fans, the Garden's ethos is reason enough to be a Knicks fan for life.
The Barclays Center's history thus far has been mired by property battles and criticism for its potentially adverse affects on an otherwise idyllic, relatively quiet Brooklyn neighborhood.
However, Barclays will offer New York basketball fans at least one thing Madison Square Garden does not: cheaper ticket prices.
Upper level corner ticket prices at Madison Square Garden for a November 4th Knicks v. 76ers game currently cost around $70 (via Stubhub.com).
Prices for Nets v. 76ers upper corner tickets for a December 23, 2012 contest at Barclays cost around $22 a pop.