NBA Confidential and SI.com writer Sam Amick snagged a copy of ICON Venue Group’s presentation to the City of Sacramento detailing the options for a new arena. Sadly, the copy is a scanned version of a black-and-white printout so it doesn’t look pretty, but it does have the numbers and the important details.
The arena, designed by Populous, looks like a scaled down version of Amway Center or Staples Center. Arena capacity is pegged at 18,594 seats, with the cost being $387 million. Here are the vital stats:
The reduction in square footage helps keep costs down, otherwise the price tag would soar to $500 million or more. Other amenities aren’t as plentiful, such as elevators or specialty bars. The ratio of standard suites (12+ attendees) to mini suites (4-6) is also interesting in that it’s an indicator of where the suite-buying market’s interests are. The full mix of premium seating options (in green) shows just how many ways teams and arena operators can squeeze out maximum dollars out of a venue, and how ARCO Arena/Power Balance Pavilion was devoid of those options.
Populous took pains to place the arena at two possible sites. One is the south end of the existing arena’s parking lot. The other is the downtown railyards site. Site prep costs for the two are very similar, separated by only $3+ million. Soft costs are not included. The question, then, becomes a matter of figuring out the financing piece. To that end, the preso outlines a “100 Day Plan” that would allow the City and other parties to figure out the financing model for the publicly owned arena. If that can be identified, the EIR process can start in September and funding sources can be secured by next March’s NBA relocation deadline. If all goes according to plan, construction would start in January 2013 with a May 2015 opening date, after the 2014-15 regular season is over. Accelerating the schedule to finish by the start of the season would incur some unknown additional costs.
Last week the Maloof brothers sent Mayor Kevin Johnson to Secaucus, NJ to be its draft lottery representative, which was a great gesture. Unfortunately for the Kings, they did not win the lottery and were stuck with the #7 pick. If the Maloofs and KJ really want this to happen, they’re going to need a little more luck when it comes time to complete that 100 Day Plan.