On the surface, the Barclays Center is insanely classy for a sports arena. From the moment spectators walk in, they’re treated to glossy, eye-catching flatscreens, understated decor, and the option of hitting one of the venue’s several high-end restaurants and lounges. The Calvin Klein Courtside Club, touted as “a new standard of luxury” on the arena’s website, offers an “elegant dining experience,” “sleek bars,” and, according to the Department of Health, bathrooms that are “not maintained and provided with toilet paper, waste receptacle and self-closing door.” Yikes.
Health inspectors visited the new arena last week, and the TP-less bathrooms in the Courtside Club were just the beginning of the violations. Inspectors also found flies, non- “vermin proof” facilities, and bathrooms without “wash hands” signs at several of Barclays’s other restaurants. None of the arena’s facilities have received letter grades from the Department of Health yet, and they’ll all be given the opportunity to fix any violations before the grades are issued. The inspections were “pre-permitting inspections to determine if the construction, including installation of signage and sealed holes to prevent vermin, was complete,” said arena spokesman Barry Baum. “We are not yet two weeks old and are working to ensure we meet the highest standards.”