Barclays Center to Play Ball With Large Soda Ban

Though the ban on super-size drinks doesn't take effect until March, the Barclays Center announced that they would be complying when they open later this month.

On the heels of the passage of Mayor Michael Bloomberg’s large sugary drink ban, Bruce Ratner, developer of the Barclays Center, announced that the arena would voluntarily comply with smaller cup sizes starting when it opens later this month, says the New York Observer.

“As the newest sports and entertainment venue in Brooklyn, Barclays Center is thrilled to work with the Mayor and the city to help achieve the mayor’s public health goals,” Ratner said in a statement put out by Bloomberg. “New York City has set a standard for the country and the world when it comes to public health and we are very proud to be the first to adopt the standards for sugary beverages in our new venue.”

“I raise a 16 ounce cup and toast Barclays for joining us today and implementing this plan 6 months ahead of schedule,” Bloomberg said. “This is a game-changing vote and the new Barclays Center is on the winning side.”

The ban on sugary drinks over 16 ounces was , though changes won't be put into effect until March.

The Observer says that there are rumors that Bloomberg may turn his attention to large alcoholic beverages next—a sticky subject at the new arena. Previously, drama arose when Barclays Center officials wanted to serve beer and liquor until 2 a.m., though the liquor license included a stipulation that . Similarly, at the swanky new 40/40 Club opening inside.

Chase September 17, 2012 at 06:55 AM
ok, so if you want 32 ounces, you buy 2 sodas. how does that stop childhood obesity? I know a better way. Give back physical education to the public schools. The policies of NY have cut education, especially funding for phys. ed. and the arts. Wouldn't phys. ed. do more for obesity than cutting soda dosages?
Brownstone Queen September 17, 2012 at 01:43 PM
I was all for this ban until I realized that I can no longer buy my $1 sweet tea from the McDonald's Dollar Menu. Whaaaaat? I WANT MY SWEET TEA!!! And I want it for $1. Bloomberg, concentrate on lowering the size of my rent bill, NOT my sweet tea. My sweet tea is sacred.
Sonia September 17, 2012 at 04:15 PM
I don't drink soda, so the ban doesn't bother me. I do think the numbers spent on healthcare costs are astounding and I believe that there are many variables that contribute to the cost - soda included. I think it's an incredibly interesting movement because of all of the consequences: intended and otherwise! Keep us posted Patch!
Eddie September 18, 2012 at 07:01 PM
I am in total agreement with you, Chase. As a retired school teacher myself, I am appalled that so much concern and money has been going into childhood obesity and juvenile diabetes when the root of the whole health issue has been the removal of physical education. And, yes, in addition to funding cuts for the arts, I feel very strongly that the removal of trade schools has had debilitating consequences. The whole of NYC Education has suffered at the hands of individuals who only know stats and numbers and nothing about teaching.
Dios Thunders September 26, 2012 at 08:04 PM
let em eat Pizza and spamoni!http://www.brooklyndaily.com/stories/2012/39/all_spumonibarclays_2012_09_28_bk.html Spamoni Gardens of Bensonhurst thats been in brooklyn since the 30s with have a food stand in BARCLEYS,,,BRAVA!


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