In January 2014 the Sacramento Kings, the City of Sacramento and AECOM released the first set of renderings for the new ESC (downtown Entertainment and Sports Center) 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 design is intended to be "iconic" and in a style that "celebrates the best of Sacramento" while showcasing "the latest in environmental and technological innovation." Season ticket holders were the first to be provided this announcement via email. Kings owner Vivek Ranadize stated, “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.”
The dramatic Grand Entrance will measure 50 x 150 feet and the multiple balconies, Farm-To-Fork programming throughout the facility and the exterior of the arena itself will also "reflect the very fabric of Northern California." The arena will be constructed using materials that range from glass to recycled aluminum to precast concrete, composed of sand from San Benito and rocks of Sierra limestone.
Jon Niemuth, AECOM director of sports for the Americas says, “We set our sights on a design that’s never been done before. Each design element shows that this arena is built for Sacramento. We’re aiming for a facility that celebrates the city, strengthens the downtown community, supports the team’s success and offers an unmatched fan experience.”
The Kings are on schedule to break ground in the Summer of 2014 and to open the venue in October of 2016.