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Golden 1 Center Expected to Open on Time

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With its first major event just months away, arena officials say that the Golden 1 Center will open on time.

The construction of the Golden 1 Center–the new home of the Sacramento Kings–has been a fairly complex process. In addition to the intense focus on technology and other amenities within the arena, both the interior and exterior of the Golden 1 Center has been designed and constructed with a heavy emphasis on sustainability. (You can read more about those initiatives in a preview by Jarah Wright.)

Roughly two years after work on the site began, the arena is on schedule and will be complete for a performance by Paul McCartney on October 4. And with an aggressive construction pace continuing–500 or so workers over an 18-hour period–many of the finishing touches are coming into place. More from the Sacramento Bee:

“We have no concerns about the timing at this point,” Kings president Chris Granger said after a media tour of the arena last week.

Many of the counters and equipment for the arena’s concession stands have been installed, as have thousands of seats. Construction workers have assembled the frame of the arena’s giant scoreboard – “the biggest indoor scoreboard in the world,” according to Granger – and the basketball court of an adjacent practice facility is nearly completed.

The first Kings’ game at the Golden 1 Center will be a preseason contest on October 10.

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