The Sacremento Kings released the the first round of renderings for their proposed downtown Entertainment and Sports Center (ESC).
“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,” said Kings owner Vivek Ranadive. “Today is another major step forward in that effort.”
The Kings are on schedule to break ground in the Summer of 2014 and to open the venue in October of 2016.
“We set our sights on a design that’s never been done before,” said Jon Niemuth, AECOM director of sports for the Americas. “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.”
“This is a glimpse not only into the new arena, but into the future of downtown Sacramento,” said Sacramento Mayor Kevin Johnson. “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.”