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Hurricane Sandy might affect Knicks, Nets
Posted By HOOPSWORLD On October 30, 2012 @ 1:00 am In All,Wirenews | Comments Disabled
by Jeff Zillgitt, USA TODAY Sports
As Hurricane Sandy blasts New York, the city’s two NBA teams prepare to square off. Maybe.
There is a distinct possibility the storm impacts the New York Knicks-Brooklyn Nets season-opener Thursday at Barclays Center and the Knicks-Miami Heat game Friday at Madison Square Garden. To what degree is unknown.
New York’s subway system is a major artery to both venues and the recommended mode of transportation for fans attending a game at the new arena in Brooklyn. The Nets boast that 11 subway lines run directly to Barclays Center, but the rail network has been suspended.
The Metropolitan Transit Authority said on its website, “The duration of the service suspension is still unknown, and there is no timetable for restoration. Service will be restored only when it is safe to do so, and after careful inspections of all equipment, tracks and other sub-systems and bus routes. Even with minimal damage this is expected to be a lengthy process.”
On its Twitter feed, the MTA sent multiple noteworthy tweets Monday:
“We can confirm that there has been water infiltration into the New York City Subway tunnels under the East River. We cannot confirm a depth.”
“Again: rumors are wrong. There is no timetable for subway reopening. Rumors of one week are just that: rumors.”
“Rumors are wrong. The MTA cannot assess damage until Tuesday. It is way too early for a subway reopening timetable.”
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