Sacramento Kings New Arena Construction Progress

Sacramento Kings Arena Site

Photo © Sacramento Kings

Last October 2014, the Sacramento Kings broke ground with the construction of their new NBA arena. The basketball court is priced at $477million downtown arena and is expected to be ready for the 2016-2017 NBA season. The construction process will peak sometime during 2015 with over 600 construction workers at the site.

Sacramento Kings Demolition Fall 2014

Photo © Sacramento Kings

Demolition crews began working on clearing the nine-acre site for the Sacramento ESC this past fall. Over 600 hundred construction workers will be part of the process during the three year span period. The demolition process will take care of a existing buildings that will be demolished piece-by-piece in 10,000 truckloads. The construction process was planned from 6 a.m. to 11 p.m., Monday through Saturday, with a few 24-hour shifts.

Sacramento Kings Demolition January 2015

Photo © Sacramento Kings

On January 2015, the construction process involved pile driving for the Sacramento King's practice facility foundation. Concrete pile cap footings were also pour, utilities were installed below the slab and the mat slab was also completed.



Sacramento Kings Structural Steel

Photo © Sacramento Kings

The first piece of steel was installed at the new team’s new practice facility. The steel was supplied and fabricated by Schuff Steel (Stockton, Calif.) with help from subcontractor Pacific Erectors (Rocklin, Calif.). The structural elements of the new arena contain the following features:

  • Each vertical column is approx. 40 feet tall.
  • Approx. 9,000 tons of steel will be used in the overall project, 970 tons on the practice facility.
  • Steel installation at the practice facility will last approximately four-five weeks, at which time steel erection of the arena will begin.
  • Steel installation will continue through fall of 2015. 

Sacramento Kings Arena March 2015

Photo © Sacramento Kings

The arena façade consists of 150-foot glass windows that further mesh boundaries. Those fans without tickets will be able to see into the concourse as well as experience clear views from the plaza of the center-hung video board. The 50-by-150-foot glass “grand entrance” does just that, with five airplane-hangar-sized windows letting previously imprisoned indoor sounds flow outside.

Sacramento Kings Arena Entrance

Photo © Sacramento Kings

The proposed entrance and facade of the new arena is a very spectacular one. The facade will be mostly of glass, recycled aluminum and precast concrete. Aggregates, especially sand, being used are exported from San Benito and rocks of Sierra limestone. The undulating vertical walls will allow for multiple balconies at differing levels, offering indoor fans a bevy of chances to peek out on the newly revamped downtown space.

Sacramento Kings Construction Team

The Sacramento Kings arena construction process is lead by AECOM. AECOM has great experience in sports venues, including London 2012 Olympic Park and design of the Rio 2016 Olympic Park. AECOM has also participated in more than 11 NBA arenas,including Brookly Nets Barclays' Center. 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.

Sacramento Kings Arena

Photo Courtesy © ESC

As of March 17, 2015, include the following:

  • Structural steel installation for the practice facility.
  • Installation of aggregate base over the concrete mat slab to create space for conduit and piping pathways under the arena event slab.
  • Installation of plumbing and electrical utilities in the aggregate base over the concrete mat slab

Sacramento Kings Arena Update

Every month or upon the occurance of important milestones,  this page will be refreshed with the latest developments from the construction of the Sacramento Kings new basketball arena.