Recently it has been confirmed that demolition for the new Kings' arena is scheduled to commence in late July 2014. The demolition effort will include 3 square blocks of Downtown Plaza. By late December, the construction site is expected to include a temporary, 30-foot-deep canyon where the mall shops once stood. Although barriers will surround much of the worksite, it has been reported that viewing areas will be set up on two sides of the mall, allowing onlookers to catch a glimpse of the demolition and construction efforts.
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Hundreds of construction workers are expected to be involved in the Arena project, working from 6 a.m. to 11 p.m., Monday through Saturday, with a few 24-hour shifts expected. The outside shell and roof of the new arena are expected to be completed by the fall of 2015 and, reportedly, Kings officials are confident that the new facilities will be completed in time to open the 2016 NBA season.