The path towards a new arena in Sacramento became a little clearer today.
Ryan Lillis of the Sacramento Bee reports that the Kings have hired Turner Construction to build the new arena at the Downtown Plaza. The New York-based Turner is one of the biggest construction companies in the United States and has some local history as well; They recently built Terminal B at Sacramento International Airport and are currently constructing Levi's Stadium in Santa Clara, the future home of the San Francisco 49ers.
Turner has vast experience in building/renovating major league sports and entertainment centers, including Yankee's Stadium, Madison Square Garden, LincolnFinancial Field, U.S. Cellular Field, CenturyLink Field and more. Turner has also worked on the Burj Khalifa and Taipei 101 towers, the two tallest buildings in the world.
The Bee reports that some of the personnel currently working on Levi's Stadium will transfer over to the Sacramento arena when that project is complete.
Dale Koger, vice president of Turner's sports division, said key personnel working on Levi's Stadium will transfer to the Sacramento arena project when the football stadium is complete. Levi's Stadium is scheduled to be finished next August and city officials in Sacramento are planning to break ground on the new Kings arena around the same time.
The Bee also mentions that the Kings are in the process of hiring an architectural firm to design the new arena.