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Opening of Golden 1 Sports Arena in Sacramento

The Sacramento Kings will have a new home by October 2016, in time for the next NBA season.

The state-of-the-art The Golden 1 Sports Arena, located in the heart of downtown, is being built to the tune of $507 million. Its iconic design makes it a fantastic addition to the city’s skyline.

The arena is expected to fast track development in the area and the region by bringing in more visitors and investors.

Mixed use

The arena’s indoor multi-use facility will see action, not only in sports, but entertainment as well. It will be a mecca for professional and collegiate sports, concerts, ice shows, indoor rodeos, trade shows, and other indoor entertainment.

The Golden 1 Sports Arena will also house 1.5 million square feet of office space, retail stores , a 250-room luxury hotel, and a residential area. Sports fans that check into the hotel need only take a brief walk to watch any basketball game they fancy.

Aircraft hangar doors will open to a public square attached to the hotel.

The arena’s 17,500 seating capacity will make it NBA’s second smallest stadium (behind New Orleans’s Smoothie King Center) . It can seat as many as 19,0000 fans who want to watch concerts in the arena.

High tech

The Golden 1 Sports Arena is also touted as NBA’s most high-tech venue. It will feature online graphic and social media interfaces throughout the building, a full laser-lit interior show, and an 84-foot Panasonic video board matched with in-area video broadcast in 4K Ultra HD.

Two 10-gigabit Ethernet internet circuits will support the arena’s social media interface. It can handle more than 225,000 Instagram posts per second.

Wi-Fi connection is touted to be 17,000 times faster than the average home network.


The Golden 1 Sports Arena’s open-air design is eco-friendly. It is carbon and grid neutral, as well as LEED gold certified. Its solar array generates 700 kilowatts of electricity.

All these are embedded in an innovative design of outward-facing windows, balconies, and bi-fold aircraft hangar doors.

The arena will enhance Sacramento’s status as a city with a strong food culture. A wealth of farm-to-fork options will showcase homegrown chefs’ talents and local produce.

This means local growers, suppliers, and chefs have a much bigger outlet for their products and whatever it is they want to offer.

Celebrating Sacramento

At its core, the soon-to-rise sports complex celebrates Sacramento.

More and more visitors will enjoy the climate and culture that make the city great in many ways.

Farm-to-fork concessions, a public plaza that reflects the region’s fun-in-the-sun lifestyle, and a façade honoring Sacramento’s “City of Trees” status will wow residents and visitors.

Long-term plans are ambitious: robots that tighten security, armrests that charge mobile phones, drone-aided parking, and virtual-reality glasses that allow fans to watch a game from the coach’s viewpoint.

Opening events

The sports arena’s grand launch will coincide with the opening of the 2016-2017 NBA season.

Maroon 5 is set to stage the first concert in the arena by the end of 2016.

All these and more make Golden 1 Sports Arena one of Sacramento’s most significant and exciting infrastructure projects.