Kings 2014 arena designs

The Sacramento Kings released the first renderings of the downtown arena they plan to open for the start of the 2016-17 season on Tuesday (Jan. 28).

Designed by AECOM, the arena features a unique look with a massive scoreboard similar to Houston’s Toyota Center and Indiana’s Bankers Life Fieldhouse, as well as airy concourses with views of the playing floor and several decks of suites. It also boasts a 50-by-150-foot window that will look into the arena bowl from the street.

It has been in the works for more than a decade, as the franchise proposed to replace the aging Sleep Train Arena, which opened in 1988 and is located well outside downtown. Projected to cost $448 million, the arena will be built downtown on the site of an old mall.