Lawyers challenging Sacramento’s handling of its downtown arena project argued in court Friday that the city is grossly underestimating the number of people who might show up for an event and the resulting traffic congestion. They contend as many as 31,000 might attend a major event, if the Kings allow standing-room-only admissions inside the arena and if the plaza outside is packed with people as well.
The Sacramento Kings plan to start preliminary demolition work on Downtown Plaza early Friday despite a last-minute court appeal by a citizens’ group trying to stop the team’s $477 million arena project.
The Sacramento Kings, defending their arena construction project against a citizens’ lawsuit, are demanding that project opponents post a $100 million bond to cover the “substantial” losses the team would suffer if litigation delays completion of the arena.
There will be far more seats in the lower bowl, translating into higher ticket prices. There will be twice as many “premium” seats, including luxury suites and lofts, which will come with VIP perks and be among the most expensive tickets in the house. Those features will more than offset the relatively small total seating capacity, team officials say.
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