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Brooklyn Nets (NBA): Vault suites

Price: Rentals for $5,000 to $25,000 per event.

Where: Barclays Center, Brooklyn, N.Y.

When: 41 regular-season home games per season, not counting the preseason or playoffs.

What: 11 exclusive Vault suites inspired by the rapper Jay-Z.

Why: The Vault suites have become an exclusive nightspot in the new hipster capital of Brooklyn. The roughly 300-square-foot suites open on to a private 2,400-square-foot club space featuring an Armand de Brignac Champagne bar. That's where celebs such as Magic Johnson and New York Jets quarterback Geno Smith hang out.

The cross between a nightclub and luxury suite makes it an "incredible networking environment," said Barclays Center CEO Brett Yormark. "If you're a company that wants to impress, putting a potential customer into a really great environment like this creates value in your relationship."

Included: Eight seats in first 10 rows of the lower bowl; personal concierge; VIP entrance. Every long-term suite holder also gets access to the Barclays Center Business Alliance networking group.

How: Since opening last year, Barclays has sold nine Vault suites for $650,000 a year under three, five, seven and 10-year lease deals. But Barclays offers limited nightly rentals on two suites for $5,000 to $25,000 depending on the Nets opponent or concert, Yormark said.

Inside tip: Best time to make the scene is at halftime rather than pre or post game. That's when DJs spin tunes and a Who's Who of beautiful people sip champagne.

Photo: Melanie Fidler