The Barclays Center in Brooklyn, the home stadium of the Brooklyn Nets, is a much-discussed venue for a variety of reasons: Bruce Ratner and Jay-Z, for two. There've been the myriad Brooklynite concerns about traffic, noise, hype, and other aspects surrounding it (particularly when it was being built). People have squawked, happy and sad, about the way it looks (then and still now), and over its wide range of sports events and shows (from Justin Bieber to Paul McCartney to Cirque de Soleil). But one aspect of Barclays that hasn't gotten much media attention until now is, well, the way it smells. How does it smell?
DNAInfo's Leslie Albrecht writes, "As the last few fans rushed through the arena's front doors, the brisk breeze that followed them gave way to a distinct aroma: a fresh-smelling fragrance with citrus notes that some call the arena's 'signature scent,' in the words of one Twitter observer." Though Albrecht was told by "a source familiar with the matter" that a company called ScentAir had been hired to perfume the place, now that the Brooklyn Nets season is over, it's a lot harder to get a definitive account from smell-witnesses. I'm thinking a little bit orange-y, a little bit lemon zesty, maybe. Some reports call it musky, cologne-y, like an Abercrombie store, or like "a brand new Benz." It's similar to "the intense smell of aroma therapy," says one astute smeller. Or maybe "the whole place smells like a Calvin Klein store."