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    The statue commemorating Cesar Chavez and the farm workers struggle faces the old city hall building, light in purple on Tuesday night, October 29, 2013. VArious buildings and store fronts in Sacramento are light in purple in support of the Sacramento Kings and the opening of the NBA season.

  • Sacramento Kings representatives showed concepts of a new downtown arena to City Council members during a council retreat on Tuesday, October 29, 2013. The owners were also briefing the council at a public meeting Tuesday evening and soliciting feedback. These are not arena renderings. Photos tweeted by The Sacramento Bee's Ryan Lillis: @Ryan_Lillis

Kings officials update Sacramento City Council on arena design ideas

Published: Tuesday, Oct. 29, 2013 - 8:51 pm
Last Modified: Wednesday, Oct. 30, 2013 - 5:10 pm

Kings officials gave another update to the City Council on design ideas for the proposed Kings arena at Downtown Plaza tonight - and even asked for the audience to vote on the concepts being discussed for the arena's exterior design.

Team president Chris Granger and developer Mark Friedman, a Kings minority owner, showed slides of concepts they are considering for the arena at the Downtown Plaza. The crowd favored a concept that shows an arena with large screens placed along the outside facade that could display images from projection cameras.

As Granger and Friedman gave their presentation, purple lights adorned the Old City Hall building. Lights were scheduled to turn other city landmarks purple this week -- including the state Capitol, the Tower Bridge and the Memorial Auditorium -- to celebrate the Kings' season-opening game Wednesday night at Sleep Train Arena.

An afternoon presentation at the Citizen Hotel was attended by only a handful of residents, but a large crowd attended the evening session in the City Council chambers. All but one of the seven speakers who addressed the council voiced their approval of the design concepts and the arena progress.

"The world is watching," said Robert Chase, president of the Central Valley chapter of the American Institute of Architects, who urged that the facility have modern, environmentally-friendly features.

Other speakers asked that the arena be easily accessible by bicycle. Another speaker suggested the project include a "golden spike" art installation that honors Sacramento's place in railroad history.

"The face of downtown will look different," Mayor Kevin Johnson told his council colleagues, "and you guys will be part of something really, really significant."

The council voted 7-1 to approve a set of goals for the project, including urging that the arena act as a catalyst for downtown growth, be an environmentally-sustainable project and be "uniquely Sacramento." Councilman Darrell Fong was the lone vote against those goals.

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