Two years after groundbreaking, the new downtown arena and entertainment complex at 5th and K streets is nearly ready.
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RUN UP TO THE OPENING
▪ The city of Sacramento will pay $18.3 million each year to help fund the Kings’ new $556 million downtown arena – a financial burden that won’t expire until 2050. While the city has valued its arena subsidy at $255 million, its total principal and interest payments will total nearly $626 million by the time the bonds is are finally paid off.
▪ Building the team’s practice facility downtown, instead of leaving it at the site of the old arena in Natomas, added $30 million to the cost of construction.
▪ Millions more dollars have been spent on reconfiguring the basic interior design to move hundreds of additional seats into the lower bowl, bringing more fans closer to the action.
▪ The arena has been, and will continue to be, a major generator of jobs – considerably more than predicted.
▪ The arena will employ as many as 2,000 workers on event nights, hundreds more than at Sleep Train Arena.
▪ Approximately 4,000 sheet-metal installers, electricians, plumbers and other construction workers have swarmed over the site since the fall 2014 groundbreaking.
▪ Although final terms are still being worked out with the Kings, control over a suite is one of the concessions the City Council obtained from the team in 2014, when it agreed to contribute a $255 million public subsidy to the arena. The deal also gave the city the right to host several events at the arena each year. The Kings will operate the building, but the city actually will own it.
▪ Distributing suite tickets and supervising citizens who use the box is expected to be such a hefty job that the city is looking to hire a dedicated administrator who will be paid between $85,000 and $107,000. The person will be required to attend every event as a city chaperone to make sure invitees behave by the rules.
▪ Elected officials have their own cache of tickets to draw on. The mayor has 10 percent set aside for his personal use. Each council member gets a 2 percent allotment, taking up 16 percent of tickets annually. Those tickets can be used for constituents or organizations they support.
▪ The Kings are naming the street leading to the front door of the arena in honor of the former NBA commissioner who helped keep the franchise in Sacramento: 500 David J. Stern Walk.
▪ The Kings secured long-term leases on all 82 luxury and “loft-style” suites.
▪ The Golden 1 Credit Union signed a multimillion-dollar deal to name the arena. Sources familiar with the deal said California’s largest credit union will pay the Kings $120 million over 20 years.
▪ The city of Sacramento will close several major streets around the arena both before and after large events.
▪ Kings officials say they will not allow biking in the plaza.
▪ The city of Sacramento is analyzing likely spots to set up “bike corrals” where cyclists can leave their bikes with valets while attending events. Cesar Chavez Plaza, four blocks from the arena, has been discussed as a possible spot.
▪ The Capitol Corridor service is adding late-night trains in downtown Sacramento, beginning at 10:30 p.m., as an alternative to driving. The trains will run the normal Capitol Corridor route to the Bay Area. Nearby stops will include Davis and Suisun City and later a new station under construction between Vacaville and Fairfield.
▪ Regional Transit plans to add up to two additional trains after events to help accommodate the estimated 1,225 Kings fans projected to ride light rail to and from sold-out games.
▪ RT is investing $6 million to upgrade stations in time for the arena opening, including better lighting. The agency doubled its cleaning staff. Stations are getting more spray washing and trash pickups.
▪ RT had hoped to sign a sponsorship deal that would have allowed arena attendees to ride for free during the first season at the downtown arena. That deal has not come through.
▪ RT plans to temporarily offer $5 discounts to people who take a rideshare vehicle such as Uber or Lyft from their house to light rail on arena event nights.
▪ RT will add trains on event nights at the arena, stationing them so that they can leave as soon as they fill up, rather than waiting for regular 15-minute intervals. The agency is in talks with Folsom city officials about extending night trains into downtown Folsom.
▪ Sacramento officials are looking to hire someone to promote transit by turning light rail stations into party sites when the arena opens this fall.
▪ Ride-sharing companies such as Uber and Lyft, as well as taxis, are expected to play a role at the arena, reducing the competition for parking by dropping people off.
▪ The Roseville City Council voted to provide shuttle bus service from downtown Roseville to a spot near the new arena in downtown Sacramento. The actual spot near the arena is still being finalized. If the service proves popular, city officials said they’ll consider running the shuttles for other events.
▪ YoloBus will offer 15-minute shuttles, called The Y, from West Sacramento during events with 10,000-plus attendees. The agency will offer bus service from Davis and Woodland to the shuttle stop.
▪ The city of Sacramento extended the two-hour parking limit enforcement time period to 10 p.m. in downtown and midtown. Residents can request temporary residential parking passes for visitors.
▪ Fans who purchased the top suite packages are being offered free parking under the team practice facility inside the arena, and in a private garage operated by the Kings across L Street, Kings officials said. Those spots do not have a price tag because they were included in the ticket package.
▪ City officials have said they expect to price prepaid spots in city garages at $11.25 per night when major events are held at the arena. In contrast, street parking within three blocks of the arena during major event nights could be set at $18.75.
▪ The city plans later to offer advance parking for arena-goers in two other city garages: the Memorial garage at 14th and H streets and in the other garage the city owns in Old Sacramento, using the city’s upcoming web-based reservation system.
▪ The city wants more longer-term visitors to park in garages, leaving more meter spots open for short-term parking.
▪ City officials say they have reached a deal with the state to allow arena employees to park under the W-X freeway. Those employees would take shuttles to the arena or use light rail from the Broadway station.
▪ Sacramento officials say they plan to launch the smartphone app “SacPark – Find Your Spot” that will allow people headed to the new arena to reserve and pay for a parking spot in a downtown garage days or weeks in advance.
▪ The city is involved in a $5.5 million effort to modernize five city-owned downtown garages to handle peak flows before and after arena events.
▪ Police say they plan to have squadrons of officers on the streets during major events, including officers on foot, bikes, horses and motorcycles and in patrol cars. The Kings will pay for a portion of those extra officers under an agreement with the city.
▪ RT officials say they will have a transit officer or guard on every train to and from the arena, and guards at most light-rail stations during arena events.
▪ The Downtown Sacramento Partnership will deploy extra downtown guides.
▪ The city of Sacramento is installing 20 security cameras downtown – 10 at intersections near the arena and 10 on city garages.
▪ City police and RT officials are launching what they call a “real-time crime center” near downtown where officers will monitor camera feeds from around the downtown, including rail stations, on event nights. The arena will house a command center, staffed by Kings employees and city workers, also monitoring street cameras.