Two years to the day after beginning demolition of the former Downtown Plaza, the Sacramento Kings have entered the final stretch in the construction of their new $534.9 million Golden 1 Center.
The team is less than two months away from completing the new facility, as about 500 construction workers pound away for 18 hours a day in downtown.
“We have no concerns about the timing at this point,” Kings president Chris Granger said after a media tour of the arena last week.
Many of the counters and equipment for the arena’s concession stands have been installed, as have thousands of seats. Construction workers have assembled the frame of the arena’s giant scoreboard – “the biggest indoor scoreboard in the world,” according to Granger – and the basketball court of an adjacent practice facility is nearly completed.
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Granger said the team is scheduling “more than a handful” of events at the arena for the last week of September, including a public open house. The first major event at the arena is a Paul McCartney concert scheduled for Oct. 4.
“We’ll be ready to go Oct. 4,” Granger said. “All systems go.”
Granger said between 1,500 and 2,000 people will work at Golden 1 Center, including food concession workers, parking attendants, security guards and ushers.
While the arena will be completed in time for the McCartney concert – and the Kings 2016/17 season – an adjacent hotel and condo tower isn’t expected to be finished until early next year. Crews are making steady progress on the tower and have built roughly six stories of the building’s frame.