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Wednesday, April 24, 2013
Barclays Center will host the 2013 draft

By Mike Mazzeo

The Barclays Center, home of the Brooklyn Nets, will host the 2013 NBA draft on June 27 at 7 p.m., the league announced Wednesday.

This will be the first NBA draft held in Brooklyn. Fans can purchase tickets to the draft beginning May 22 at 10 a.m.

"We are excited to be holding the NBA Draft in Brooklyn, a borough long associated with great basketball talent," NBA commissioner David Stern said in a statement.

"In addition to being a state-of-the-art arena, Barclays Center has quickly become a go-to destination for world class events. We are confident Barclays Center is an ideal venue for introducing the next generation of NBA stars to a global audience."

The 2011 and 2012 drafts were held at the Nets' previous home, the Prudential Center in Newark, N.J. Prior to that, the draft was held at Madison Square Garden from 2001-10.