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.
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KEY ARENA STATS
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.