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After neighbors complain, Kings address lighting nuisance at their new home

Aerial view of Golden 1 Center during the Paul McCartney concert on Oct. 5, 2016. Neighboring midrise residents and drivers on Interstate 5 have complained about a bothersome glare coming from the arena’s roof at night.
Aerial view of Golden 1 Center during the Paul McCartney concert on Oct. 5, 2016. Neighboring midrise residents and drivers on Interstate 5 have complained about a bothersome glare coming from the arena’s roof at night. Special to The Bee

Starting Friday night, Sacramento’s gleaming Golden 1 Center will not shine so bright.

Sacramento city and Kings officials say they plan to dim the roof lights on the downtown arena because some neighboring midrise residents and drivers on Interstate 5 have complained about a bothersome glare at night.

“We’ve gotten a few emails,” said Desmond Parrington, the city’s arena project manager. “We’ve checked it out. You’re getting this glare and hot-spotting at places.”

Kings officials have ordered a light-dimming mechanism for the roof. Meantime, the team has agreed to turn the roof lights off at 10 p.m. on non-event nights, starting Friday, and one hour after events otherwise.

The LED roof lights are meant to highlight a large Golden 1 Center sign on the roof, over the main doors, facing northwest toward the freeway. The Kings kept the roof lights on from dusk to dawn in the first month the arena was open.

But several drivers complained to Caltrans, which forwarded their comments to the city. And a couple of residents at the nearby Wong Center residential tower complained about glare.

Parrington said the Kings agreed they should take good-neighbor steps to reduce the nuisance. He called it part of the early settling-in process for the new downtown facility.

Tony Bizjak: 916-321-1059, @TonyBizjak

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