words // Brandon Richard
Last night, Brooklyn's Barclays Center officially opened its doors with the first of eight Jay-Z concerts scheduled at the new arena over the next two weeks. Several stars attended opening night, including members of the newly-branded Brooklyn Nets. With the hometown team in the building, Jay officially unveiled the Brooklyn jersey, which he fittingly wore beneath a bubble vest and multiple gold chains. Brooklyn essentials.
As far as special guests go, Hov brought out the legendary Big Daddy Kane, who held the Brooklyn hip hop crown before Biggie and Jigga. Kane joined Jay during his encore set and effortlessly captivated the crowd with three of his classic records. What other surprise performers will hit the stage during the next seven shows?
With an athlete and musician-heavy event, you know there were some kicks worth checking out. Read on for a look at the opening night footwear and stick with Sole Collector for more Jay at Barclays Sneaker Watch.
Deron Williams - Air Jordan 7 Black/Red
Keith Bogans - Air Jordan 3 "Black Cement"
J.Cole - Nike Dunk High Premium "Curry"
Stephen Dennis - Nike Air Max 95 Obsidian/Red
Josh Childress - Air Jordan 3 "True Blue"
Carleton Scott - Converse Chuck Taylor All Star
Tornike Shengelia - Converse Jack Purcell
Joe Johnson - Air Jordan 6 "Olympic"
Victor Cruz - Air Jordan 6 "Varsity Red"
Pharrell Williams - Timberland 6-Inch Boot Custom
Bow Wow - Air Jordan 7 "Golden Moments"
Jerry Stackhouse - Christian Louboutin Louis Flat "Metallic Leopard"
Lil' Cease - Converse Chuck Taylor All Star
Young Guru - Nike Dunk Hi Supreme
Irv Gotti - Air Jordan 3 "Black Cement"
Big Daddy Kane - adidas Originals Superstar II
Jay-Z - Timberland 6-Inch Boot Black