2. Barclays Loves the Soda Ban
New Yorkers may be up in arms over the soda ban, but the Barclays Center has embraced it. The arena will institute Mayor Bloomberg's ban of large sugary beverages six months ahead of schedule. Despite complying with the controversial drink proposal, the concessions at the Barclays Center will be one of the operation's bright spots. The food will be diverse and locally sourced, favoring a mix Brooklyn eateries over the standard stadium fare. Think Brooklyn Cupcakes and McClure's Pickles rather than stale soft pretzels. No wilted red hot dogs here—borough favorites like Calexico, Fatty 'Cue, and Red Hook Lobster Pound will satisfy patrons.