American Express and the Brooklyn Nets' Deron Williams are celebrating the opening of Barclays Center in Brooklyn by allowing fans to enter for the opportunity to win tickets to see an upcoming Brooklyn Nets game or entertainment event with access to the American Express Vault Suite, part of Barclays Center's JAY Z-inspired premium suite level.
Beginning today, fans are able to enter for the opportunity to win tickets to watch a Brooklyn Nets game with access to the American Express Vault Suite and meet Deron Williams (subject to availability) by submitting a short video demonstrating their commitment as the ultimate fan of sports, music or entertainment. Fans can find ideas, see examples and hear suggestions from Williams. Williams will help select 20 finalists before giving all fans the opportunity to vote and help select the winners (See rules for complete details).
Videos can be uploaded to www.amexunlocks.com through October 19 or by visiting one of three American Express live-site locations in Manhattan and Brooklyn through October 12, including:
- Vesey Street Marina in Lower Manhattan (10/02 - 10/04)
- Brooklyn Bridge Park (10/06 - 10/07)
- Barclays Center (10/09 - 10/12)
Live-sites will be open to receive submissions from 10:00am to 7:00pm.
Two grand prize winners will each receive two tickets to catch a home game, access to the American Express Vault Suite, and will meet with Williams (subject to availability). Two first prize winners will each receive tickets to watch an entertainment event with access to the American Express Vault Suite between November 15 and December 31, 2012. The remaining 16 finalists will receive a mini-basketball signed by Williams.
"Barclays Center is an incredible, state-of-the-art venue that is not only the home to the Brooklyn Nets, but also has already attracted some of the biggest names in entertainment," said Alexander Chang, vice president, Global Sponsorships and Access, American Express. "American Express is thrilled to be a founding partner and celebrate the opening of Barclays Center with an opportunity for our fans to see the action live."
About Deron Williams
A three-time NBA All-Star and two-time Olympic gold medalist, Deron Williams has cemented himself as one of the top point guards in the game. Helping to lead the Brooklyn Nets with his unselfish leadership, size, strength and proficiency on both ends of the floor, the 6'3" scoring machine is in his eighth NBA season, and third with his current team. D-Will was selected third overall in the 1995 NBA Draft by the Utah Jazz, where he led the team as the point man for five years, before smoothly transitioning into a new role as leader of the New Jersey-turned-Brooklyn Nets. During the 2011 NBA lockout, the University of Illinois alum competed with Besiktas of the Turkish Basketball League, highlighted by a 50-point performance during a EuroChallenge game. A fan favorite and major contributor to his overseas squad, Williams's #8 jersey was retired by Besiktas just prior to his returning to the NBA. He also played on the 2008 and 2012 U.S. Olympic teams, both of which brought home the gold medal. A leader on and off the court, the West Virginia native's commitment to the community is reflected in his Point of Hope Foundation, which is dedicated to improving the quality of life of children and their families. Follow Deron socially on twitter @deronwilliams and Facebook at www.facebook.com/deronwilliams.
About American Express
American Express is a global services company, providing customers with access to products, insights and experiences that enrich lives and help build business success. Learn more at americanexpress.com and connect with us on facebook.com/americanexpress, foursquare.com/americanexpress, linkedin.com/companies/american-express, twitter.com/americanexpress, and youtube.com/americanexpress.
About Barclays Center
Barclays Center opened on September 28, 2012, and is a major sports and entertainment venue in the heart of Brooklyn, New York. Developed by Brooklyn-based real estate developer Forest City Ratner Companies, and designed by the award-winning architectural firms AECOM (www.aecom.com/architecture) and SHoP Architects (www.shoparc.com), Barclays Center has one of the most intimate seating configurations ever designed into a modern multi-purpose arena, with unparalleled sightlines and first-class amenities. Barclays Center offers approximately 18,000 seats for basketball and up to 19,000 seats for concerts, and has 101 luxury suites, four bars/lounges, four clubs, and 40/40 CLUB & Restaurant by American Express.
Barclays Center is scheduled to host an extensive variety of events, including premier concerts, monthly major professional boxing cards, top college basketball, family shows, professional hockey, and the Brooklyn Nets. Some of the special programming includes JAY Z, who opened the building on September 28 with the first of his eight concerts, Barbra Streisand, Andrea Bocelli, Lady Gaga, Rihanna, Justin Bieber, Journey, Leonard Cohen, The Who, Bob Dylan and His Band with Special Guest Mark Knopfler, Rush, John Legend, THE SMASHING PUMPKINS, Green Day, UB40, Shaggy, Beres Hammond, Maxi Priest, Hezekiah Walker, Neil Young & Crazy Horse, The King's Men gospel concert with Kirk Franklin, Marvin Sapp, Donnie McClurkin, and Israel Houghton, 2012 Verizon's How Sweet the Sound(TM), Russell Peters, Caribbean Fever Music Festival, the Barclays Center Classic men's college basketball tournament, Atlantic 10 Men's Basketball Championship, Coaches vs. Cancer Classic, Ringling Bros. and Barnum & Bailey Circus and Disney on Ice, Kellogg's® Tour of Gymnastics Champions, and the New York Masters equestrian show jumping. Current programming alliances with Barclays Center include Golden Boy Promotions, IMG, Feld Entertainment, Lagardère Unlimited, and the Brooklyn Academy of Music.
In addition to Barclays, the naming rights partner, Founding Partners for Barclays Center include American Honda Motor Co., Inc., American Express, Calvin Klein, Cushman & Wakefield, EmblemHealth, Foxwoods Resort Casino, GEICO, MetroPCS, Stolichnaya, and Ticketmaster. Other sponsors include: adidas, Anheuser-Busch, The Coca-Cola Company, Haier America, HighPoint Solutions, LIU Brooklyn, New York Marriott at the Brooklyn Bridge, SONY, and Willis.
Located atop one of the largest transportation hubs in New York City, Barclays Center is accessible by 11 subway lines, the Long Island Rail Road, and 11 bus lines.
For more information on Barclays Center, please visit www.barclayscenter.com.