The Sacramento Kings have unveiled plans for a new arena in their downtown location today. The plans include large retractable windows around the 'grand entrance' which would enable members of the public to have a view of the court from outside the arena.
The 50 by 150 feet windows allow the previously imprisoned sounds and sights of a basketball game to be enjoyed by more than just the fans inside the arena.
Kings president Chris Granger celebrated the community spirit of the planned venture:
“Even when closed it feels open and inviting to the community,” “17,000 people will be joined by the city. Our arena will not be limited by seating.”
The Kings unveiled the plans at a meeting earlier today and the venue is set to open in 2016.
Jon Niemuth, AECOM director of sports for the Americas and designer of the arena, said that the venue would offer "an unmatched fan experience."
The Kings currently play at the Sleep Train Arena, which is known for being loud and they will look to harness a more inventive acoustic design in the new venue.
The Sacramento franchise was sold to Vivek Randive last year after a number of attempts to move the team to a number of bigger market locations. This inventive arena should see the team stay in California for the foreseeable future.
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