The New Jersey Nets will not play any 2009-10 preseason games in their own arena.

The team will open with a seven-game preseason schedule that includes three home contests, two of which will be played at the Prudential Center in Newark, NJ and the other on the campus of St. John’s University in Queens, NY, Nets President Rod Thorn announced today.

“We are pleased to offer the three preseason ‘home’ games in these two venues,” said Thorn.  “The different sites will add vitality to the preseason, which should be beneficial to both our players and fans.”

The Nets will host the Boston Celtics in the first of two contests at ‘The Rock’ on Tuesday, October 13, and then return to Newark on Wednesday, October 21 when they play host to their cross-river rivals, the New York Knicks.  Both contests in Newark will start at 7:00 PM.  The Nets conclude their preseason home schedule on Friday, October 23 when they host the Philadelphia 76ers at Carnesecca Arena at St. John’s University, game time at 8:00 PM.

The Nets begin their preseason schedule on the road on Sunday, October 4 as they travel to Albany to take on the Knicks at the Times-Union Center at 2:00 PM.

The team will continue their road slate on Friday, October 9 at Philadelphia at 7:00 PM, and then travel to Boston for an afternoon game against the Celtics on Sunday, October 11 at 1:00 PM.

The Nets will travel to Manhattan for their final road game on Friday, October 16 when they play New York at Madison Square Garden at 7:30 PM.