It’s as if someone mounted a new set of racing tires on downtown Sacramento, slammed it in gear and mashed the accelerator. And what in the beginning looked like a grueling endurance race across a back-breaking expanse of uncertainty, political bloodsport and financial wrangling now resembles nothing so much as a sleek racer rolling unchallenged toward a gilded finish line in fall 2016.
Sacramento Regional Transit officials are considering closing the light-rail station closest to the downtown sports and entertainment arena, saying that stop probably can’t handle the large crowds expected when the arena opens, and that trains there would block people from exiting east from the arena.
The Kings will announce Tuesday that they are naming the street leading to the front door of the new downtown arena in honor of former NBA Commissioner David Stern, whose persistent, decades-long efforts helped keep the franchise in Sacramento.
The city of Sacramento has launched an eleventh-hour effort to brighten up downtown to make it less scary to the thousands of pedestrians who will hit the streets around Golden 1 Center when it opens this fall.
After years of complaints that no one gets their ticket checked on Sacramento Regional Transit light-rail trains, the agency this month has added two dozen new checkers – and that’s annoyed a few riders.
The pull of working in the soon-to-open Golden 1 Center in downtown Sacramento is strong, based on a Thursday job fair co-hosted by the Sacramento Kings and several hiring partners at Sleep Train Arena.
Sacramento officials say they plan to launch a smartphone app next month that will allow people headed to the new downtown arena to reserve and pay for a parking spot in a downtown garage days or weeks in advance.
The fall opening date for Golden 1 Center in Sacramento is drawing near. In addition to sports and concerts, the arena will host next year's meeting of the Green Sports Alliance. Golden One Center will run entirely on solar power.
A California Office of Traffic Safety study came up with this unsurprising but alarming finding last week: 1 out of every 10 drivers on the road is paying as much attention to his or her smartphone as to the road ahead.
By the time more than 15,500 ticket holders stream downtown to watch Paul McCartney at the new Golden 1 Center in October, Sacramento police plan to electronically eyeball the crowd from a new “real time crime center.”