Starting next week, big chunks of the new Kings arena will begin a circuitous journey to their eventual home in downtown Sacramento.
Two 52-ton trusses, destined for the roof of Golden 1 Center, are being fabricated at Schuff Steel Pacific in Stockton. One piece of the trusses has already arrived at the arena construction site and five more pieces will arrive between July 10 and the last week in August.
Each truss piece is 120 feet long. When they leave the fabricating plant in Stockton, they go first to nearby Linden for painting. At 15 feet tall, the pieces of the trusses are too big to fit under most of the freeway overpasses on I-5 and Highway 99 approaching Sacramento. So they will be taken on segments of I-5 and county roads.
The trusses will eventually hold up the roof of the $507 million arena, which is scheduled to open in October 2016.