Kings release renderings of new arena

This is what the new arena in Sacramento will look like.

The Sacramento Kings released renderings of theire planned new downtown arena in the early hours of Tuesday morning, sending an email to season ticket holders and issuing a press release.

Here's what the 50 x 150-foot Grand Entrance will look like during the day:

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All of the photos are included in Sactown Royalty's comprehensive post about the new arena, and high-resolution versions can be found on the Kings' official site.

The plan is still to break ground on the new arena in the summer and have it ready for use at the beginning of the 2016-2017 season. Sacramento owner Vivek Ranadive and president Chris Granger also made a video announcement, viewable on the Kings' site.

The new arena will be larger than Sleep Train Arena, but have fewer seats, according to the Sacramento Bee:

The facility is expected to contain between 17,000 and 17,300 seats, slightly fewer than Sleep Train Arena. The bowl will be designed with substantial standing-room areas, and could be outfitted with temporary bleachers, to bring the total capacity to 19,000 if needed, Granger said. The concession stands would be on the outer rim of the concourse, with the entire concourse open to the event bowl, allowing more standing room viewing space.

The Kings say the downtown plaza will be "as much of a focal point as the arena," according to the Sacramento Bee, and people will be able to see inside the arena from the plaza.

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