Sacramento’s downtown arena project races ahead; here’s why

An east-looking perspective provides another view of the Golden 1 Center as it takes shape in downtown Sacramento, where it will be the centerpiece of extensive development and commercial revitalization.
An east-looking perspective provides another view of the Golden 1 Center as it takes shape in downtown Sacramento, where it will be the centerpiece of extensive development and commercial revitalization.

It’s as if someone mounted a new set of racing tires on downtown Sacramento, slammed it in gear and mashed the accelerator. And what in the beginning looked like a grueling endurance race across a back-breaking expanse of uncertainty, political bloodsport and financial wrangling now resembles nothing so much as a sleek racer rolling unchallenged toward a gilded finish line in fall 2016.

The new downtown crown jewel – Golden 1 Center and the re-imagined commerce center known as Downtown Commons, or DoCo – has taken shape, growing beyond a fetching set of drawings and enticing words from its developers and ardent supporters. Further, tethers attached and held by political and community foes have been thrown off, some by the judicial process, others by adroit deal-making, some maybe even by inevitability, leaving the enterprise more or less free to rise – or fall – on its merits and the realities of urban development.

Following is a collection of links to stories that have chronicled the more-recent progress and mileposts of the capital’s most-significant modern development project, one buoyed by hopes for a new era of relevance and success for the city. Authors of most of these reports are Sacramento Bee staff writers Ryan Lillis, Dale Kasler and Tony Bizjak.

Watch a time-lapse video documenting construction of the Golden 1 Center, the home of the Sacramento Kings in downtown Sacramento, in 2015.


▪  Sacramento Kings show off solar array plans for arena rooftop

▪  Ailene Voisin: Kings’ custom-built new home quickly taking shape

▪  Sacramento restaurants to reign at new Kings arena

▪  Golden 1 Center is name for new downtown Sacramento Kings arena

▪  Construction intensifies at downtown Sacramento arena site

▪  Sacramento Kings say arena project exceeds hiring, contracting goals

▪  Finalists named for public artwork at Sacramento arena


▪  Judge rules in city’s favor in Sacramento arena lawsuit

▪  Sacramento arena subsidy foes drop lawsuit; city can begin financing

▪  Marcos Breton: Facts prevail in latest arena lawsuit

▪  Former Sacramento councilman: City residents ‘barfed on’ by arena deal


▪  Sacramento completes Kings arena financing with $272.9 million bond sale

▪  Sacramento closes deal for Kings arena financing

▪  Clock ticking on financing city’s share of downtown arena

▪  Delay could cost Sacramento millions in sale of Kings arena bonds


▪  DoCo? SoBro? Kings new branding of Downtown Commons met with praise, mockery

▪  Sacramento Kings rename plaza site Downtown Commons

▪  Sacramento Kings hotel won’t open until early 2017

▪  Upscale Kimpton chain will operate Sacramento Kings’ downtown hotel

▪  High-rise planned near Sacramento arena

▪  Bay Area firm eyes 2nd office buy near Sacramento’s downtown arena

▪  Boutique hotel plan emerges for Marshall Hotel - one block from arena site

▪  The last days of Hotel Marshall


▪  Sacramento transit stops will get makeovers and regular cleanings

▪  Sacramento transit officials ask, should light-rail station near arena be closed?

▪  Sacramento sports teams try to ‘fix’ transit ahead of downtown arena opening


Location: 547 L St., Sacramento CA, 95814

Kings game capacity: 17,500.

Luxury suites: 34.

Connectivity: Equipped with WiFi and DAS (distributed antenna systems).

Design innovations (from Golden 1 website): ▪  Outward-facing windows, balconies and bi-fold aircraft hangar doors ▪  Rooftop platform with light pipes can be programmed by local artists and used to convey events in the arena to the public through visually appealing light shows ▪  Designed as “smart” building that checks in with attendee,s offering contextual marketing, targeted offers and postgame information and events.

Concessions: Island concession stands open on all sides; food offerings celebrate farm-to-fork movement and local chefs and farmers.

Time lapse of Downtown Plaza demolition – July through October 2014 – in preparation for the new Sacramento Kings Arena, which is scheduled to be completed on Oct. 2016.