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Groundbreaking Ceremony at Site of New Downtown Kings Arena


With the demolition of the Downtown Plaza complete, an estimated 200 past and present Sacramento Kings officials broke ground Wednesday at the site of the new $477 million arena, set to open in October 2016 in time for the 2016-17 NBA season.

Those attending the ceremony included Sacramento Mayor Kevin Johnson, Kings owner Vivek Ranadive and other city and team leaders, including original Sacramento Kings owner Gregg Lukenbill, who brought the Kings to Sacramento from Kansas City in 1985.

Demolition of the Downtown Plaza began on August 13. Almost 1,400 workers are expected to work on the construction of the new arena over the next two years.

downtown Arena Construction 10-29-14


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Steve Martarano

A resident of Sacramento since graduating with a journalism degree from the University of Nevada, Reno, Steve spent the 1980s at The Sacramento Union, working as a sports writer, music reviewer and crime reporter, among other assignments. He's spent the last 25+ years working in government public affairs for both state and federal agencies and currently is with the U.S. Fish and Wildlife Service's Bay-Delta office in Sacramento. He has shot just about every local sports team for the Sacramento Press, including local colleges, the Sacramento River Cats and Sacramento Republic FC. He resides in Curtis Park with his wife Sharon.

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