The Sacramento Kings unveiled new arena renderings early this morning (midnight, to be exact) to much fan fare and appreciation.
While we had seen very early concept renderings in the past, these are much more in depth and will give a clearer picture to the final product which is scheduled top open in October of 2016.
Some of the main interests were the incredible “grand entrance” (which is five stories tall and uses something similar to airplane hanger door), the indoor-outdoor balconies and dining platforms.
Team President Chris Granger explained some of the key arena parts which SI.com captured:
Now that entrance has gotten even more intense. Granger says the windows aren’t just for show, but something that, when they “pick up and fold up from their bootstraps” can be incorporated into every event, including pregame and postgame festivities for NBA games. Those standing outside close to the entrance can actually see down to the arena floor and those farther away can watch the video board and gain a feeling of what is going on inside. If the Kings want, they can even keep the windows open during concerts.
The arena is expected to sit 17,000 comfortably though thousands and thousands more will be able to take part outside.
And for those wondering – yes – the Kings have a massive focus on noise. So while there likely won’t be wooden floors in the new venue, the Kings plan to make it just as loud as Sleep Train Arena if not louder.
Make sure you check out all the high-def renderings and movies by visiting Kings.com.