Brooklyn resident pushes for Barclays Center name to be changed to Jackie Robinson Arena

There is a new push to change the name of Barlcays Centers in Brooklyn to honor baseball legend Jackie Robinon.

News 12 Staff

Jul 7, 2020, 4:39 PM

Updated 1,421 days ago

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There is a new push to change the name of Barlcays Centers in Brooklyn to honor baseball legend Jackie Robinon.
There's a statue of Jackie Robinson outside MCU Park and, of course, the Jackie Robinson Parkway, but now some residents think it’s time for the famed Brooklyn Dodger's name here to head to Barclays Center.
According to Brooklynpaper.com, Park Slope resident Arthur Piccolo brought up the idea back in 2006, but to no avail. However, it was recently brought back up in an op-ed and again in a blog post by a Brooklyn journalist Norman Odor and apparently inspired Piccolo to push for the name change once again.
About two weeks ago he took to YouTube, calling for the owner of Barclays Center to change the name to the Jackie Robinson Arena, saying Jackie Robinson is one of the most famous and important Brooklyn residents who ever lived and one of the greatest civil rights leaders in American history.
Now this idea has been getting some support from local leaders including Brooklyn Borough President Eric Adams. However, so far there's no word yet on if or when the change will be made.


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