Sacramento Mayor Kevin Johnson stands in front of new sports and entertainment complex designs, Oct. 29, 2013.
SACRAMENTO, CA - The latest concepts for Sacramento's new sports and entertainment complex were unveiled to city leaders Tuesday.
In an unusual twist, arena designer Mark Friedman of AECOM proposed the arena for the Sacramento Kings and other events will be built below ground level on K Street in downtown Sacramento, with the main concourse at street level. The U-shaped structure would not have a "back", thus helping to open up K Street, said Sacramento Kings President Chris Granger.
The latest drawings would offer indoor and a possible second level outdoor use option.
"How can we fit 17,500 seated tickets that also gives us the flexibility to go bigger when the Kings are in the finals?" said Granger of the design.
"I think the indoor/outdoor things will define us," Granger added, saying everyone he's talked to likes the concept.
Grangers said actual arena drawings couldbe released in six to eight weeks.
Friedman envisions a venue serving a maximum number of 57 games and open for another 100 days a year.
As for transportation and parking options, Friedman said there are 20,000 parking spaces within a half-mile radius of the arena in the Downtown Plaza, adding, "this location is most transit-served location in the city."
Granger reitereated the project does not go forward without plenty of input from the community.
Sacramento Kings fans got a chance to view the new arena concepts at city council and many said they were impressed.
"It's different its innovative it will stand out like we want it," Sacramento Kings fan Greg Boehl said.