In addition to introducing their new celebrity part-owner, Shaquille O'Neal, the Sacramento Kings confirmed their concept for an "indoor-outdoor" facility for the new arena that will be constructed in Sacramento's current Downtown Plaza.
At a recent press conference, majority owner Vivek Ranadive suggested that the design for the $448 million arena "will be the first basketball arena that has this indoor-outdoor feature to it. For concerts and other events, you could actually completely open it up and have 18,000 people inside and another 10,000 people outside." He gave few other details, saying, "You'll have to wait and see the plans." Minority partner Mark Mastrov told The Sacramento Bee that attendees would be able to view events directly and on giant TV screens the arena's bowl standing in an outdoor plaza. The designs have not been finalized and community input will be sought.
This news came on the heels of the Sacramento Kings' announcement that AECOM has been selected as the lead architect for the Sacramento Kings' new $448 million arena in Downtown Plaza. AECOM is responsible for designing a number of state-of-the-art sports and entertainment venue, including the acclaimed London 2012 Olympic Park and it is designing the Rio 2016 Olympic Park. It has served as the lead architect of 11 NBA arenas, including the Barclays Center, and it designed Aggies Stadium at the University of California, Davis.
The Sacramento Kings' construction team includes previously hired project manager ICON Venue Group, lead builder Turner Construction, and Sacramento developer Mark Friedman. The 12 to 14 month project design and development process for the new entertainment and sports center began in April 2013. Construction is expected to begin in the August or September of 2014 and for the facilities to open in October 2016.