Missed Jay-Z’s historic residency at the Barclays Center this fall? Undergoing HOVA withdrawal? Thankfully, Jay’s got you covered – the rap mogul has just released a 25-minute documentary covering the buildup to his eight-show stint at Brooklyn’s newest arena. Check out the video below, and let us know how you think it compares with Beyonce’s own autobiographical doc when it airs on HBO February 16.


*UPDATE 10/5/2012*
Tickets are still available to the last of Jay-Z’s shows at the Barclays Center this weekend, but in case you can’t make it out to Brooklyn, Hova has you covered. The hip-hop star and mini-mogul will launch his new YouTube channel, Life + Times, Saturday night with a live stream of his final arena show.

Watching online means you’ll miss out on the energy of a 20,000-strong singalong, won’t be able to fully appreciate the lazer effects and Biggie slideshow that accompany the rapper, and will bypass entirely the superfluous but really cool oculus outside – but it also means no bathroom lines and significantly cheaper beer. It’s your call as to which viewing experience is better, but thanks to Jay-Z’s entrepreneurial spirit, the choice is there!

*UPDATE 9/28/2012*
Tonight’s the night! To celebrate Jay-Z’s big-deal, opening-night performance at Brooklyn’s new Barclays Center, we’ve mocked up an infographic to show (in pleasant, green-and-yellow tones) the breakdown of ticket prices for the rapper’s historic concert series. Check out which sections boast the most expensive seats, and which offer the best deals, below:

Average resale ticket prices for Jay-Z's performances at the Barclays Center.

*UPDATE 9/24/2012*
We’re just four days away from The Barclays Center’s big opening night, and counting – ticket prices, that is. As we continue to inch closer to the controversial venue’s christening, featuring Jay-Z as the official hometown officiator, we’ve decided to run the numbers behind the headlines. Spanning two weeks and eight concerts, Hova’s stint at the Brooklyn arena is more like a mini-residency, a brief reign over the borough that begot one of rap’s most respected stylists. So we wanted to know: What have fans of the New York hip-hop king been shelling out to see him live? The average prices for Jay-Z’s Barclays Center performances are below – and, perhaps surprisingly, they’re pretty tame. With most landing in the mid-$100 dollar range, tickets aren’t exactly cheap, but still relatively affordable by true die-hard standards:

Jay-Z Barclays Center Tickets 2012

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Jay-Z at Barclays Average Ticket Prices

CityStateVenue NameDateAvg. Price

Brooklyn NY Barclays Center 9/28/2012 $215.26
Brooklyn NY Barclays Center 9/29/2012 $167.09
Brooklyn NY Barclays Center 9/30/2012 $118.34
Brooklyn NY Barclays Center 10/1/2012 $139.32
Brooklyn NY Barclays Center 10/3/2012 $114.03
Brooklyn NY Barclays Center 10/4/2012 $122.92
Brooklyn NY Barclays Center 10/5/2012 $133.69
Brooklyn NY Barclays Center 10/6/2012 $170.19

What do you think? Reasonable, or still ridiculously priced? Sound off in the comments section below!

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Jay-Z ft. Alicia Keys:”Empire State of Mind”


UPDATE: And on to the next ones: Jay-Z has yet again added to his string of shows at the Barclays Center, now playing a total of eight concerts at the new venue. The full set of dates (for the moment) is as follows:

  • Friday, September 28th
  • Saturday, September 29th
  • Sunday, September 30th
  • Monday, October 1st
  • Wednesday, October 3rd
  • Thursday, October 4th
  • Friday, October 5th
  • Saturday, October 6th

Jay-Z fans can also catch the hip-hop rapper at the Budweiser Made in America Festival on September 1st.

Barclays Center Seating Chart Jay-Z

(Barclays Center) Seating Chart (Jay-Z)

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While tickets to Jay-Z‘s inaugural Barclays Center concert won’t be made widely available until Friday, July 13th, for lucky American Express card members, pre-sale tickets are available today, July 11th. As in, right now.

Amex members have been given a 12-hour window (10 am–10 pm) to snatch a spot in the Barclays arena for a chance to see Brooklyn’s Own christen the new venue. After the moment of opportunity passes, everyone – regardless of payment method – will have to wait until Friday morning.

Jay-Z Barclays Center Dates

  • Friday, September 28th
  • Saturday, September 29th
  • Sunday, September 30th
  • Monday, October 1st
  • Wednesday, October 3rd
  • Thursday, October 4th
  • Friday, October 5th
  • Saturday, October 6th

Jay-Z Barclays Center Concert Dates 2012

Jay-Z has also announced an additional two dates to follow his opening show. The co-owner of the Brooklyn Nets will now be performing three nights in row:

  • September 28th @ 8 pm
  • September 29th @ 8 pm
  • September 30th @ 8 pm

Reportedly, 7,000 tickets have been set aside to sell for $30 or less. That’s no small chunk, given that the arena houses around 19,000 seats.

Scroll below for even more Jay-Z ticket info.

Jay-Z Barclays Center Ticket Prices

Jay-Z Barclays Center Face Value Prices

Lower Bowl Seating
US $55.00 Ticket + US $11.25 Fees = US $66.25
US $250.00 Ticket + US $28.15 Fees = US $278.15

Floor Seating
US $95.00 Ticket + US $14.15 Fees = US $109.15
US $250.00 Ticket + US $28.15 Fees = US $278.15

Mid Bowl Seating
US $55.00 Ticket + US $11.25 Fees = US $66.25
US $75.00 Ticket + US $11.70 Fees = US $86.70

Upper Bowl Seating
US $25.00 Ticket + US $7.60 Fees = US $32.60

Jay-Z Barclays Center Re-sale Ticket Prices

Jay-Z Barclays Center Friday, 9/28
Average List Price:$626
Cheapest Available:$83

Jay-Z Barclays Center Saturday, 9/29
Average List Price:$514
Cheapest Available:$80

Jay-Z Barclays Center Sunday, 9/30
Average List Price:$558
Cheapest Available:$73

Recent Jay-Z Setlist

Want to know which tracks Hova will be highlighting? We’ve included the setlist from Jay-Z’s latest performance at Radio 1’s Big Weekend in the UK, so you can have an idea of what to expect come September 28th.


1 Run This Town
2 Dirt Off Your Shoulder
3 I Just Wanna Love U (Give It 2 Me)
4 Public Service Announcement
5 Where I’m From
6 Jigga What, Jigga Who
7 U Don’t Know
8 99 Problems
9 ’03 Bonnie and Clyde
10 Girls, Girls, Girls
11 On to the Next One
12 Dead Presidents
13 Swagga Like Us
14 Paper Planes/Bad Girls
15 (with M.I.A)
16 Izzo (H.O.V.A.)
17 Empire State Of Mind

Win Tickets to See Jay-Z at the Barclays Center

Jay-Z Free Tickets

*UPDATE 9/28/2012*
Our Jay-Z @ The Barclays Center Tickets contest is now closed. We’ll be running more giveaways in the months ahead, so be sure to check back here at SeatGeek for your chance to win more free stuff!

Jay-Z, business mogul, minority owner of the Brooklyn Nets, and, most importantly, one of the world’s best hip-hop artists, will be christening the Barclays Center with eight performances in late September, and we want you to be there! If you want more details on Jay-Z’s opening set of concerts or all of the concerts coming up at the new Barclays Center, just check out those posts. If what you really want is to see Jay-Z for free, just keep reading for the contest details.

Jay-Z Contest Details

How to Enter

1. Like our Facebook Page and post on it with the text “#Jay-Z-Barclays” included.
2. Give our Google+ page a +1 and comment on the page with the text “#Jay-Z-Barclays” included.
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The Prize

Two Upper-Bowl tickets to Jay-Z’s October 6th concert at the Barclays Center.

Barclays Center Seating Chart

(Barclays Center) Seating Chart (Jay-Z)

Jay-Z “On to The Next One”