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Project Design & Development Process

Sacramento Golden 1 Arena construction with street traffic

Planning Efforts are Under Way to Make the Arena Experience a Success

It’s hard to believe the opening of Golden 1 Center is less than four months away! The City has been working with its partners to ensure the downtown experience is convenient, pleasant and accessible. Event attendees from across the region, spanning from Folsom, Roseville and Elk Grove, will be traveling to the Central City to experience concerts, basketball games, and other events. Here is what event attendees can expect:

Safety is a Priority

Security for guests at the Golden 1 Center is a top priority for the Police Department, the City of Sacramento, and Golden 1 Center operators. The groups have been working diligently over the last two years to develop plans that will ensure the Golden 1 Center and the surrounding development is a safe, family-friendly destination that everyone in the region will enjoy.

During events, visitors will see an increased presence of law enforcement and security around the venue. Those officials will be assisting with vehicle and pedestrian flows as well as providing a visual security presence. Attendees will also see an increased number of Police Observation Devices, also known as PODs.

The Arena is a Multi-Modal Destination

The arena will host about 200 events a year, including more than 42 Kings Games. The City, Kings, Downtown Sacramento Partnership, and Regional Transit are striving to make your event experience convenient, pleasant and fun. Downtown’s robust traffic grid handles more than 119,000 workers every day and there are plenty of access points to enter and exit the downtown core. 

The City will be flexible, and will make necessary adjustments in order to keep transportation throughout downtown running smoothly. Different events will entail different transportation and pedestrian configurations. The Traffic Operations Center will be the hub for traffic operations of all major events. There will be new fiber-optic lines, which are being installed under streets near the arena to upgrade traffic signals. This allows for city traffic engineers to switch signal timing in real time while monitoring traffic cameras before and after games or events. 

For those using alternative modes of transportation, the City is planning specific zones to best accommodate parking for taxis, buses, limos, bikes, and ride share at Golden 1 Center. We are meeting with various companies and stakeholders to establish safe pick-up/drop-off protocols.

Consider Taking Public Transit

Regional Transit is adding service and security to ensure a safe, reliable, and enjoyable transit experience to and from the Golden 1 Center. With the RideSacRT app, attendees can purchase RT tickets with their smartphones. No waiting in line or exact change needed.

RT is implementing system-wide station improvements that will begin in the downtown core. The improvements will help ensure that light rail stations can accommodate the increased use and that passengers enjoy their experience. The 7th & Capitol Station will be the flagship station for arena light rail service, where RT envisions thousands of people will board and align before and after Sacramento Kings games, marquee concerts, and other events.

SacPark — Find Your Spot!

SacPark-Find Your Spot LogoParking in downtown is plentiful! There are 15,500 parking spaces within four blocks of Golden 1 Center which includes street parking meters, private and public parking garages, and surface lots. A typical sold-out Kings game uses only about 7,000 parking spaces.

SacPark —the new brand of the City’s parking division — is making it easier for you to find your spot. A smartphone app will be available soon to purchase parking in advance, get directions to spaces, and receive real time traffic information. Not only will the new SacPark technology point you to available parking in the near future through the use of an App, but it will also help you avoid a citation. Soon, short-term meters in downtown will provide patrons who occasionally need extra parking time the option to stay parked beyond the posted limit.

SacPark meters are now available around the Crocker Art Museum. Expansion to short-term meters will be a phased approach between April and October 2016 to existing metered parking spots within the Central City.

Upgrades doesn’t just stop there, the all SacPark parking garages are also getting a technology face-lift. By the fall of 2016, all five City garages will be fully equipped with the following:

  • License plate recognition technology which would allow easy access to all City-owned parking structures. 
  • Electronic signboards at parking structure entrances showing how many parking spots are available and on what level.
  • Online and smartphone applications will provide for the purchase of tickets in advance. 
  • New LED security lighting will be installed in all City parking structures

Event Attendees are encouraged to plan ahead. Map the drive to your car’s destination - not yours. Pick your parking location and plan your drive in advance for a short walk to the Golden 1 Center. 

Bright Lights of Sacramento

Attendees can expect a well-lit path to Golden 1 Center. The City plans to install highly visible wayfinding signs, streetlights and other distinctive lighting along key corridors around the arena and in the plaza. 

For more updates on Golden 1 Center and the planning efforts, please see the presentation at the May 24 City Council meeting. Stay updated by visiting the City’s arena page, and the Golden 1 Center website.