How will a new arena in downtown Sacramento look? The Sacramento Kings have the latest answer to that question.
Early this morning, the team released new renderings of their proposed new home drawn up by design firm AECOM. According to the official press release, they arrive ”after six months of workshops, open houses, town halls, and focus groups, in addition to multiple surveys yielding responses from over 20,000 Sacramentans”.
Kings owner Vivek Ranadivé:
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. Today is another major step forward in that effort.
Kings president Chris Granger:
We so appreciate the input and feedback from our community. Our city deserves a building that is iconic, that provides for world class entertainment, and that will stage the greatest home court advantage in sports.
Jon Niemuth, AECOM director of sports for the Americas:
We set our sights on a design that’s never been done before. Each design element shows that this arena is built for Sacramento. We’re aiming for a facility that celebrates the city, strengthens the downtown community, supports the team’s success and offers an unmatched fan experience.
Sacramento Mayor Kevin Johnson:
This is a glimpse not only into the new arena, but into the future of downtown Sacramento. 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.”
The arena is still on pace to break ground later this summer and open in October 2016. Take a peak at the new renderings featured below.