Kings select architect for new downtown arena complex

27 August 2013 | Posted in Infrastructure, Basketball, North America, | By David Cushnan

The Sacramento Kings have selected Aecom as the lead architect for the NBA team's proposed US$448 million downtown sports and entertainment complex.

It will be the 11th NBA arena Aecom has worked on as lead architect. Most recently it worked on the Barclays Center in Brooklyn.

Earlier this year Sacramento’s city council approved US$258 million investment, to be obtained through future parking revenues, for the project, which followed the sale of the team from the Maloof family to a group led by software magnate Vivek Ranadivé in June.

Aecom has been tasked with having conceptual renderings of the new facility ready by the autumn, with a final design scheduled for early to mid 2014.

The Kings have also chosen Icon Venue Group as project manager and confirmed Turner as the lead builder for the project.

“We have assembled the best artists in the world to design and build the new arena,” said Kings owner Ranadivé.

“From the Bird’s Nest in Beijing to the Barclays Center in Brooklyn, Aecom has the resume to design and create the most technologically advanced and fan-centric arena in the world.”

Jon Niemuth, a director of Aecom Sports' Americas division, added: “For some of the best fans in the NBA, we are prepared to design an arena that will not only provide a tremendous home court advantage for the Kings, but that will also create an amazing experience for everyone who steps foot in and around the facility. This project will transform downtown and the entire region.”

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