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October 17, 2019
The New York Liberty will play all their home games at the Barclays Center a Brooklyn arena that houses the Brooklyn Nets. The building was recently purchased by Liberty owner Joe Tsai, who also owns the Nets.
“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, CEO of the Brooklyn Nets and Barclays Center, as well as president of J Tsai Sports.
“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.”
“We wouldn’t have done this if we didn’t think it would be profitable,” Levy said.
WNBA Commissioner Cathy Engelbert has said many times since starting her job in July that the Liberty should play in a venue befitting a WNBA franchise.