Frequently Asked Questions

What is Golden 1 Center?

The project encompasses four city blocks right in the heart of downtown that will be a major catalyst for development in the surrounding area and in the entire region.  The arena itself is an indoor multi-use facility that will accommodate sporting and top entertainment events such as professional and collegiate sports, concerts, ice shows, indoor rodeo, trade shows, large graduations, family shows, and other indoor entertainment. It also contains a state of the art practice facility with administrative offices.

The project also includes up to 1.5 million square feet of additional development including 475,000 square feet of office space, 350,000 square feet of retail, a 250-room hotel, and up to 500,000 square feet for residential units. The first phase of the project includes over 715,000 square feet of development, over 300,000 square feet of retail, 128,000 square feet of office, a 250-room hotel and up to 50 residential units. 

Who Is Designing/Building Golden 1 Center?

AECOM, who is renowned for designing some of the most state-of-the-art sports and entertainment venues in the world, will serve as lead architect. Responsible for the acclaimed London 2012 Olympic Park and design of the Rio 2016 Olympic Park, AECOM has also served as lead architect of 11 NBA arenas, including Barclays Center (home of the Brooklyn Nets and the 2012 Sports Business Journal Facility of the Year). Locally, AECOM designed Aggies Stadium at the University of California, Davis. All architectural design work will occur in Sacramento to ensure ongoing local input in the design process.

ICON Venue Group will serve as the project manager and Turner Construction as the lead builder.  ICON is a top global project management firm that has overseen the construction of recent arenas including BBVA Compass Stadium in Houston TX and the Pepsi Center in Denver CO.  All architectural design work will occur in Sacramento to ensure ongoing local input in the design process.

How Much Will Golden 1 Center Cost? Who is Paying?

Initial cost estimates valued Golden 1 Center at $507 million dollars, including a $233 million contribution from the City of Sacramento through a public-private partnership. The City will finance its contribution through the sale of bonds ($212 million) and parking and economic development funds ($11 million). The Kings will cover all other costs, including additional investments, predevelopment, capital repairs and development of City-owned parcels, at no cost to the taxpayer. For a full list of public documents, visit the following:

New City Taxes Needed to Pay for Golden 1 Center?

 No. The City will not increase taxes to pay for Golden 1 Center.

Impact on Sacramento's Tourism?

A third-party study estimates that Golden 1 Center alone will attract 1.6 million new visitors to downtown Sacramento each year.

These new visitors are a major contributor to the $11.5B in estimated positive economic impact that will result from the new Golden 1 Center over 35 years.


Salvage and abatement of the Downtown Plaza is scheduled for May-July 2014 with demolition starting mid-Summer 2014 and construction starting fall 2014. Golden 1 Center will be completed by October 2016, in time to open up the 2016-17 NBA season.

Design Process?

The first set of renderings (released January 2014) came after six months of workshops, open houses, town halls, and focus groups, in addition to multiple surveys yielding responses from over 20,000 Sacramentans. The result is an arena design that is iconic, celebrates the best of Sacramento, and showcases the latest in environmental and technological innovation. Design elements of the 17,500 capacity venue include:

  • Dramatic grand entrance, measuring 50 x 150 feet. At the top of the grand entrance is a terrace that will provide dramatic views of the public plaza in one direction - with the indoor action in the other.
  • Five airport hangar-sized windows that can be opened for pregame/postgame festivities or during a concert or other event.
  • Use of recycled and perforated aluminum and glass in the skin of the arena which enables indoor and outdoor v

How will Golden 1 Center Celebrate Sacramento?

Golden 1 Center's indoor-outdoor concept celebrates and allows visitors to enjoy Sacramento's climate and culture in a number of ways. In addition to farm-to-fork concessions, the arena's facade patterns will depict leaves and trees cut into perforated metal, fitting for the "City of Trees." The adjacent public plaza will also be a microcosm of the region's agriculture and outdoor lifestyle with tomatoes growing in hydroponic gardens, an outdoor grandstand or grassy amphitheater adjacent to the arena's open face, and a delineated seating area, called a "bosque," that is lined with a variety of tree species and provides an intimate seating environment in the grand plaza.

Green/Sustainable Elements?

In addition to its location, Golden 1 Center will be carbon and grid neutral, as well as LEED Gold-certified, which is a rating system that measures the design, construction and operation of high performance green buildings, homes and neighborhoods. Developed by the U.S. Green Building Council (USGBC), it guides the building industry and provides standards for sustainability for a variety of projects. Golden 1 Center will also reflect the fabric of Northern California by utilizing regionally sourced materials that range from glass to recycled aluminum to potentially precast concrete, composed of sand from San Benito and rocks of Sierra limestone that reflect the colors of the region. What's more, Golden 1 Center will utilize only FSC-Certified wood, an international standard of quality and responsible forest management. Other elements include:

  • Mass transit hub.
  • Bicycle valet for large events.
  • Dedicated electric vehicle charging stations.
  • Food bank donations.
  • Hydroponic gardens that may grow food for consumption on-site.
  • Glass orientation to minimize solar gain.
  • Smart temperature controls that utilize the natural delta breeze to cool the building.
  • Smart lighting systems to dynamically save energy.

Technological Innovations?

Golden 1 Center includes innovative design elements with outward-facing windows, balconies and bi-fold aircraft hangar doors to welcome the community. The arena is also an interactive, "smart" building that checks in with attendees offering contextual marketing, targeted offers and postgame information and events.

Golden 1 Center's Capacity?

The arena's capacity for NBA games is 17,500, similar to the capacity of the current arena.  This will ensure that Kings fans have one of the most intimate experiences in the NBA.

How many suites will be available?

Golden 1 Center will have 34 suites that will be sold to include all events year-round.  The suites are up to 2x the larger than the suites at the current arena. Additionally, suite partners will have access to three exclusive clubs on the premium level including two Skyboxes that will overlook the concourse and have a direct view to the outside. More details on premium seating can be found in the "Premium" section of Golden 1 Center website.

How Will the Public Access Golden 1 Center?

It is estimated that 10 to 15 percent of visitors will walk, bike or take public transportation to Golden 1 Center events.  More than 13,500 parking spaces exist within 1/2 mile of Golden 1 Center. For comparison, there are only approximately 7,000 parking spaces at Sleep Train Arena. Sacramento Regional Transit has five light rail stations in the vicinity of the proposed Golden 1 Center, with the closest at 7th and K Streets. The Sacramento Valley Station, offering train, bus and taxi service, is located at 4th and I Streets.

Concessions Available at Golden 1 Center?

Sacramento has as strong a food culture as any city in the U.S. so the Kings will feature a variety of farm-to-fork options celebrating local chefs and farmers. We'll also feature island concession stands, open on all sides, to showcase the preparation of fresh food. Plus, similar to construction, we're excited about the positive economic impacts created by local firms providing concessions in Golden 1 Center.

Will My Mobile Device Work in Golden 1 Center?

The Kings are building the smartest arena in the world, and we're working with architects and industry-leading technologists to evaluate the best distributed antenna systems (DAS) and WiFi architecture. We want to provide levels of  connectivity never seen before in an arena, including new metrics (e.g. MBs per seat per second) to not only measure, but provide the best fan experience in the world.

What Will Happen to the Current Sleep Train Arena?

The Kings are exploring a new owner and a range of options in consultation with Mayor Pro Tem Angelique Ashby and the Natomas community. The site has a lot of great features - ample parking, access to highways and proximity to the airport - so we're committed to reusing the space in a dynamic way that benefits the community.  More information will be announced soon.

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