Golden 1 Center

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G1C , The G 1
Golden 1 Center logo.svg
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Address 500 David J. Stern Walk[1]
Location Sacramento, California
Coordinates 38°34′49.3″N 121°29′58.6″W / 38.580361°N 121.499611°W / 38.580361; -121.499611Coordinates: 38°34′49.3″N 121°29′58.6″W / 38.580361°N 121.499611°W / 38.580361; -121.499611
Public transit Sacramento Regional Transit District: at St. Rose of Lima Park
Owner City of Sacramento[2]
Operator Sacramento Kings LP, LLC[2]
Capacity Basketball: 17,608[3]
Concerts: 19,000
Field size 779,200 square feet (72,390 m2)
Broke ground October 29, 2014[4]
Opened September 30, 2016
Construction cost $558.2 million[5]
Architect AECOM[6]
Mark Dziewulski Architect[7]
Project manager ICON Venue Group
Structural engineer Thornton Tomasetti/Buehler & Buehler[7]
Geocon Consultants, Inc. (geotechnical engineer)
Services engineer Henderson Engineers, Inc.[7]
General contractor Turner Construction[6]
Sacramento Kings (NBA) (2016–present)

Golden 1 Center is an indoor arena, located in Downtown Sacramento, California. It sits partially on the site of the former Downtown Plaza shopping center.[8] The publicly owned arena is part of a business and entertainment district called Downtown Commons, otherwise known as DoCo, which includes a $250 million 16-story mixed-use tower.

The arena, which replaced Sleep Train Arena as the home of the Sacramento Kings of the National Basketball Association, hosts concerts, conventions and other sporting and entertainment events. 34 luxury suites were sold to include all events year-round. Suite partners have access to three exclusive clubs on the premium level including two skyboxes that overlook the concourse and have a direct view of the outside. There are 48 loft-style suites. Capacity is expandable to about 19,000 to accommodate concert audiences.


As part of the successful effort to keep the Kings in Sacramento, an ownership group led by Vivek Ranadivé purchased the majority stake in the team from the Maloof family, with the city agreeing to partner with the Kings to build a new arena by 2016. Construction began October 29, 2014.[4][9] Turner Construction, known in the Sacramento area for having built Terminal B at Sacramento International Airport and other projects, was the construction manager for the new arena.

The Kings' previous owners, led by the Maloof family, first proposed a downtown arena in 2012.[10] The arena's estimated cost was $391 million. The City of Sacramento would have paid $255.5 million, the Kings would have contributed $73.25 million, and AEG was going to contribute $58.75 million.[11]


The Sacramento City Council voted approval of public financing and other terms on May 20, 2014.[12] The total cost of Golden 1 Center was once estimated to be $507 million. The Sacramento Kings contributed approximately $284 million and the City of Sacramento contributed approximately $223 million. The City of Sacramento financed its contribution through the sale of bonds ($212 million) and parking and economic development funds ($11 million).

Construction costs of the new Golden 1 Center increased to $534.6 million due to a change in the seating configuration that moved hundreds of seats to the lower bowl and closer to the basketball court and additional features.[13]


Golden 1 Center reflects 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. Additionally, Golden 1 Center utilizes only FSC-certified wood, an international standard of quality and responsible forest management.[citation needed]

A rooftop solar array, installed by Solar Power Inc. at a cost of $2.5 million, generates up to 1.2 megawatts,[14] augmented by a 11 megawatt solar field in nearby Rancho Seco operated by the Sacramento Municipal Utility District. Installing solar power is part of the Sacramento Kings ownership’s goal to have its new sports and entertainment center be the most technologically advanced arena in the country, and that includes being efficient and using renewable energy.[15] The arena earned LEED Platinum certification in late September 2016.[16]


The main videoboard, to be hung over center court, will be 84 feet (26 m) long, 10 feet shorter than the basketball court below. Developed in partnership with Panasonic Corp. of North America, it will consume more than 6,100 square feet (570 m2) and will include the largest screens in the NBA. The main screens will be 44 feet wide by 24 feet tall, crowned by 6-foot-tall message boards known as “ribbons”. The screens will broadcast in what is known as “4K Ultra HD". In addition to the main scoreboard, two 25-foot-tall video screens will welcome fans as they walk through the arena’s main entrance facing the public plaza, and another 600 HD displays will broadcast the game to fans gathered in concourses, clubs and suites, Over 1,500 feet of LED ribbon boards will also be installed throughout the arena bowl.[17]

According to a Kings news release, the arena will be “the world’s most connected indoor sports and entertainment venue" as the result of a multi-year deal with Comcast to provide “fully redundant transport facilities and two 100-gigabit ethernet dedicated internet circuits” at the facility. Free wi-fi connections at the arena will be 17,000 times faster than the average home network. The connection will extend into the plaza surrounding the arena. As an example of its bandwidth, the team said the network will be able to handle more than 225,000 posts on Instagram every second.[18]

A rooftop platform with light pipes can be programmed by local artists and used to convey events in the arena to the public through visually appealing light shows.

Naming rights[edit]

On June 16, 2015, Sacramento-based Golden 1 Credit Union acquired naming rights for the arena at a cost of $120 million over 20 years, with an average annual value at $6 million, making it one of the largest naming rights deals for a single-tenant NBA arena.[19]

Accessibility and transportation[edit]

It is estimated that 10–15% of visitors will walk, bike or take public transportation to Golden 1 Center events. More than 13,500 parking spaces exist within ½ mile of the arena. Sacramento Regional Transit (RT) has five light rail stations in the vicinity, with the closest at 7th & Capitol and 8th & Capitol. The Sacramento Valley Station, located at 4th and I Streets, offers Amtrak trains, RT trains and buses, and taxi service.

Notable events[edit]


No Mercy was the first WWE pay-per-view event held at Golden 1 Center, on October 9, 2016, in front of 14,324 fans.

Mixed martial arts[edit]

On December 17, 2016 UFC on Fox: VanZant vs. Waterson took place at the Golden 1 Center and marked the first MMA event held within the arena.



The Sacramento Kings began using the arena for the 2016–2017 NBA season. The Kings' first game at the arena was on October 10, 2016, against the Maccabi Haifa B.C. in a preseason game, winning 135–96. Their first regular season game at the arena was held on October 27, 2016, as the Kings lost to the San Antonio Spurs, 102–94.[20]


The National Collegiate Athletic Association (NCAA) announced Sacramento as a host city for the first and second rounds of the 2017 NCAA Division I Men's Basketball Tournament on March 17 and 19, 2017.[21]

High school[edit]

The arena will be home to the California Interscholastic Federation (CIF) High School Basketball State Championships starting in 2017.[22]


Date Artist Opening act(s) Tour / Concert name Attendance Revenue
October 4, 2016 Paul McCartney[23] N/A One on One 15,500 N/A
October 5, 2016 N/A
October 15, 2016 Maroon 5[24] Tove Lo
Maroon V Tour N/A N/A
October 19, 2016 Pentatonix[25] Us the Duo
Abi Ann
Pentatonix World Tour 2016 N/A N/A
October 20, 2016 Jimmy Buffett N/A I Don't Know Tour 2016 N/A N/A
November 19, 2016 Kanye West N/A Saint Pablo Tour N/A N/A
December 28, 2016 Trans-Siberian Orchestra N/A The Ghosts of Christmas Eve Tour N/A N/A
February 17, 2017 Twenty One Pilots[26] Jon Bellion
Judah & the Lion
Emotional Roadshow World Tour 12,170 / 12,170 $599,442
February 28, 2017 Bon Jovi N/A This House Is Not For Sale Tour 15,650 / 16,318 $1,322,335
March 9, 2017 Blake Shelton N/A Blake Shelton On Tour N/A N/A
March 26, 2017 Ariana Grande Victoria Monét
Little Mix
Dangerous Woman Tour 12,376 / 12,776 $908,963
March 30, 2017 Eric Church N/A Holdin' My Own Tour N/A N/A
April 27, 2017 Chance the Rapper King Louie
DJ Oreo
Be Encouraged Tour 12,117 / 12,117 $667,250
July 18, 2017 Bruno Mars TBA 24K Magic World Tour
August 1, 2017 Ed Sheeran James Blunt ÷ Tour
August 13, 2017 Kendrick Lamar YG The Damn. Tour
August 15, 2017 Lady Gaga TBA Joanne World Tour
October 3, 2017 Janet Jackson N/A State of the World Tour
January 31, 2018 Katy Perry TBA Witness: The Tour


  1. ^ Ailene Voisin (July 26, 2016). "Sacramento Kings to name street outside arena after ex-NBA Commissioner David Stern | The Sacramento Bee". Retrieved July 26, 2016. The Kings will announce Tuesday that they are naming the street leading to the front door of the new downtown arena in honor of former NBA Commissioner David Stern, whose persistent, decades-long efforts helped keep the franchise in Sacramento. Officially, the address of the Golden 1 Center – to be submitted to the city Tuesday for approval – is 500 David J. Stern Walk. 
  2. ^ a b "Entertainment and Sports Center Frequently Asked Questions" (PDF). City of Sacramento. July 28, 2013. Archived from the original (PDF) on August 1, 2013. Retrieved August 1, 2013. 
  3. ^ van der Meer, Ben. "What we learned about Golden 1 Center's capacity this week". Sacramento Business Journal. 
  4. ^ a b Kasler, Dale; Lillis, Ryan (October 29, 2014). "Kings Break Ground on New Downtown Sacramento Arena". The Sacramento Bee. Retrieved November 1, 2014. 
  5. ^ Kasler, Dale. "Cost of building Golden 1 Center just went up again". The Sacramento Bee. 
  6. ^ a b Lillis, Ryan (July 31, 2013). "Kings Hire Turner Construction to Build New Arena". The Sacramento Bee. Archived from the original on August 1, 2013. Retrieved August 1, 2013. 
  7. ^ a b c "Attachments". City of Sacramento. Retrieved April 18, 2014. 
  8. ^ Kasler, Dale (September 24, 2014). "More Tenant Departures Possible As Rest of Downtown Plaza Faces Remodel". The Sacramento Bee. Retrieved January 13, 2015. 
  9. ^ "Preview of ESC Documents". City of Sacramento. Retrieved May 11, 2014. 
  10. ^ Kasler, Dale (March 5, 2012). "Kings and AEG Like the Looks of New Sacramento Chance". The Sacramento Bee. Archived from the original on March 7, 2012. Retrieved October 24, 2012. 
  11. ^ Associated Press (March 7, 2012). "Sacramento City Council Approves New Arena Plan to Keep Kings". ESPN. Retrieved October 24, 2012. 
  12. ^ Bizjak, Tony; Kasler, Dale; Lillis, Ryan (May 21, 2014). "Sacramento Kings Press Ahead with Arena While Opponents Plan Petition Drive". The Sacramento Bee. Retrieved January 13, 2015. 
  13. ^ Kasler, Dale (May 23, 2016). "Golden 1 Center cost rises to $534.6 million as expensive features multiply". The Sacramento Bee. Retrieved May 31, 2016. 
  14. ^ "Sacramento Kings New Arena Is First Indoor Sports Venue To Earn LEED Platinum Designation". Golden 1 Center. Retrieved 27 September 2016. 
  15. ^ Anderson, Mark (14 September 2015). "Kings offer new details on massive solar array on downtown arena". Sacramento Business Journal. Retrieved 14 March 2016. 
  16. ^ Lillis, Ryan. "Golden 1 Center the 'greenest' arena in U.S.". The Sacramento Bee. Retrieved 27 September 2016. 
  17. ^ Kasler, Dale. "New Sacramento Kings arena to feature enormous video scoreboard". The Sacramento Bee. Retrieved 14 March 2016. 
  18. ^ Lillis, Ryan (17 December 2015). "Kings: Golden 1 Center will be 'most connected' arena in the world". The Sacramento Bee. Retrieved 14 March 2016. 
  19. ^ "Introducing Golden 1 Center: Golden 1 Credit Union and Sacramento Kings Announce Naming Rights Partnership for Sacramento's World-Class Entertainment & Sports Center" (Press release). Sacramento Kings. June 16, 2015. 
  20. ^ Scott Howard-Cooper (October 28, 2016). "Kings open Golden 1 Center, eye potential All-Star bid in 2020 -". Retrieved October 29, 2016. David Stern came back to his not-so-old neighborhood Thursday. Literally his neighborhood -- Golden 1 Center is located at 500 David J. Stern Walk -- in a deep bow that none of this happens without the former commissioner. Not the team, not the arena and not the plans for a downtown rejuvenation with the shiny new building as the spark. 
  21. ^ Ryan Lillis (November 17, 2014). "March Madness returning to Sacramento in 2017 | The Sacramento Bee". Retrieved October 29, 2016. The NCAA announced Monday that the city’s new arena would host first- and second-round games in its annual men’s basketball tournament in 2017. The games would be played in the arena roughly five months after it is scheduled to open. 
  22. ^ Sabedra, Darren (March 25, 2017). "Mitty girls fall to Clovis West in epic Open Division state final". San Jose Muercury News. ... in the first period of the girls Open Division CIF state basketball championship game at Golden 1 Center in Sacramento, Calif. on Saturday, March 25, 2017 
  23. ^ "Sacramento Date Added To Paul's 'One On One' Tour". Retrieved 2016-05-03. 
  24. ^ "Golden 1 Center Welcomes Maroon 5 to Sacramento for Opening Week Show". Golden 1 Center. Retrieved 2016-02-09. 
  25. ^ "Pentatonix World Tour 2016". Golden 1 Center. Retrieved 2016-05-20. 
  26. ^ "TWENTY ONE PILOTS SET NEW "EMØTIØNAL RØADSHØW" WORLD DATES". Golden 1 Center. Retrieved 2016-05-20. 

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Events and tenants
Preceded by
Sleep Train Arena
Home of the Sacramento Kings
2016 – present
Succeeded by