Barclays Center Too Loud?

Since it opened in September 2012, Brooklyn’s Barclays Center has hosted several concerts, including ones by Jay-Z, The Rolling Stones, Rush, Justin Bieber, Dave Matthews Band and The Who.  But a Dutch dance music show resulted in the venue getting fined for too much noise.

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Barclays Center, Brooklyn, N.Y.

The offending event was “Sensation,” an Oct. 27 show featuring techo music and world-class DJs, reports the New York Post, saying the city’s Department Of Environmental Protection discovered that noise levels at apartments one block away exceeded the 62-decibel limit, “hitting 74 on the meter.”

“It was so loud that night that I had my headphones on watching TV – and I could still feel the vibration and hear the noise from the show,” apartment resident Wayne Bailey said, according to the Post.

The city originally fined arena developer Forest City Ratner $3,200 for the sound spillover.  However, that fine was dismissed when New York City’s Environmental Control Board decided that the summons should have been given to the company’s arena-running subsidiary.  Quoting an unnamed source, the Post says a new ticket has been issued to the subsidiary and that an April hearing date is pending.

Apparently local resident Bailey was a wealth of information regarding the Barclays sound leakage.  Although the Department Of Environmental Protection measured sound levels at shows by Jay-Z and Bieber, Bailey claims the measurements were taken before the shows began.  Bailey also said the arena’s home team – The Brooklyn Nets – didn’t generate enough noise to cause problems.

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Barclays Center, Brooklyn, N.Y.

Meanwhile, a Forest City representative told the press that they are “aware that there are some complaints” and they are looking into it.