by Nick Monacelli
The Sacramento Kings have released the first round of final renderings for an arena scheduled to be built at the site of the Downtown Plaza.
The team, first with an e-mail to season ticket holders, released the renderings shortly after midnight Tuesday morning.
At the core of the plan is a 7,500-square-foot grand entrance at the northwest corner of the building. That entrance, completely made of glass, can open by folding up horizontally.
"When we bought the Sacramento Kings, we committed to the NBA and to the people of Sacramento that we wouldn't just build a new arena, but that we'd build a world-class entertainment venue, an arena truly for the 21st century," said Kings owner Vivek Ranadive in a press release. "Today is another major step forward in that effort."
In that same press release, the Kings' tout multiple balconies and Farm-To-Fork programming throughout the facility. The arena will be constructed using glass, recycled aluminum and precast concrete, composed of sand from San Benito and rocks of Sierra limestone.
The arena has a price tag of $448 million, with a likely city subsidy of $258 million.
That subsidy is the center of controversy created by a group called STOP, an acronym for Sacramento Taxpayers Opposed to Pork. The group wants a public vote on the city subsidy and obtained enough signatures to put the issue on the June ballot.
However, last week Sacramento City Clerk Shirley Concolino disqualified their initiative, saying their petitions were flawed and violated state election codes.
STOP is expected to file a lawsuit challenging the issue. A final decision on the measure must come by March 7 in order for the City Council to place it on the June ballot.
Tuesday morning, Sacramento Mayor Kevin Johnson and Tim Romani, president of the ICON Venue Group, addressed community leaders at the State of Downtown address and talked about the most recent arena plans.