The Sacramento Kings, in conjunction with the city of Sacramento and AECOM, released the first round of renderings for the downtown Entertainment and Sports Center at midnight Tuesday.
The release on the Kings’ website came after six months of workshops and other group meetings along with surveys. The renderings were first released to season-ticket holders before being released to the public.
“When we bought the Sacramento Kings, we committed to the NBA and to the people of Sacramento that we wouldn’t just build a new arena, but that we’d build a world-class entertainment venue, an arena truly for the 21st century,” Kings owner Vivek Ranadive said. “Today is another major step forward in that effort.”
The proposed arena would have a grand entrance of 50-by-150 feet along with multiple balconies and farm-to-fork programming, with the outside of the arena built with materials ranging from glass to recycled aluminum to precast concrete made from sand from San Benito and rocks of Sierra limestone.
The Kings are on schedule to break ground on the project this summer with the arena to open in October 2016.
The full set of renderings, which can be seen here, are pretty amazing, with a broader goal of not just providing a home for the Kings, but also for promoting growth and revitalization of downtown Sacramento.
“This is a glimpse not only into the new arena but into the future of downtown Sacramento,” mayor Kevin Johnson said. “I applaud the Kings and AECOM for developing a design that achieves so many goals: reactivating downtown, developing an iconic civic space and promoting our emerging green and agricultural sectors. The extensive public outreach done by the Kings and city has paid off in a design that truly celebrates the best of our community’s great past and even brighter future.”