Nets Say ‘Nyet’ to Super-Sized Drinks: Bruce Ratner Announces Barclays Center Backing Soda Ban

Too big to gulp.

It may have some big signs, but the Barclays Center will not have big sodas. Following the approval of the Big Sugary Beverage Ban today, Bruce Ratner announced that his new Brooklyn arena would be voluntary complying with the rule.

“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,” Mr. Ratner said in a statement put out by the mayor’s office. “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.”

So far the biggest drinking controversy at the arena has been over how late it would be serving alcohol until (a state panel settled on 1 a.m., an hour earlier than the arena wanted but hours after neighbors had prayed for). The size of alcoholic beverages will not be impacted, which is really all most sports fans care about, though there have been rumors that is where the mayor will turn his attention to next.

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

Still, what of the poor Justin Bieber fans who will have to shell out repeatedly to slake their thirst during the pop stars upcoming concerts?