Golden 1 Center, the Sacramento Kings' new $557 million arena, has set a new benchmark for NBA facilities.
At the main entrance on the arena’s northwest side, five towering glass doors fold up garage-style — together standing 50 feet tall and 150 feet wide — to create the NBA’s first indoor-outdoor venue.
“California is all about indoor-outdoor living,” Kings owner Vivke Ranadivé told SportsBusiness Journal. “The architects presented many different ideas and when they showed me that idea, that was it. That was something that became the exclamation point for the arena.”
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Team officials are working closely with the NBA to develop guidelines for keeping the doors open for Kings games. As it stands, there are no league rules for playing games in an indoor-outdoor setting.
For the Kings’ two preseason games at Golden 1 Center, the team kept the doors open for the first half and closed them for the second half. In both situations, the team recorded temperature and humidity levels every 15 minutes and submitted the data to the league office.
The Golden 1 Center in Sacramento has large, garage-style glass windows that can be opened during games. (Photo by Don Muret)
Rain during the Oct. 27 regular-season opener and the next home game two days later prevented the Kings from opening the doors. W