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First steel installed at Sacramento Kings arena site

Construction workers prepare to connect a beam to a painted purple column at the construction site of Sacramento’s new arena on Wednesday. Builders used this column as the first vertical piece of the new arena.
Construction workers prepare to connect a beam to a painted purple column at the construction site of Sacramento’s new arena on Wednesday. Builders used this column as the first vertical piece of the new arena. rbenton@sacbee.com

There were no speeches by dignitaries, nor any music.

But a bit of history was made nevertheless Wednesday in downtown Sacramento: the first sign that the new Kings arena has “gone vertical.”

Workers from Schuff Steel of Stockton bolted a 40-foot steel column – purple, naturally – into place at the southeast end of Downtown Plaza around 9 a.m. A second column followed a few minutes later, and by day’s end officials expected about 50 columns to be installed at the arena site.

The first beams are being installed at what will become the team’s practice facility. By fall, 9,000 tons of steel will have been installed, said team President Chris Granger.

The first steel went in a little more than four months after the team broke ground on the $477 million arena, which is scheduled to open in October 2016.

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