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Arena Progress Update: Day 14 - The walls are tumbling down

It's all happening!

Photo by Blake Ellington

The walls of Downtown Plaza came crashing down on Wednesday morning as an excavator tore through the building on 515 L Street.

The work was the first significant street-level exterior demolition that has been done since the process started on Aug. 1. Below is a video clip we got of the first walls being torn down.

The whole time I couldn't help but think how fun it would be to drive that thing, but of course they wouldn't let me. Ugh. Here is a look at the building around 5:30 p.m. on Wednesday.


Here is a look at this same building from Anthony Esqueda earlier in the week.


And here are some bird's-eye views of the Downtown Plaza roof and more from Andy Sims.






More shots of the progress on the roof of Downtown Plaza from Sactown Royalty user regirl.



The Kings also launched live feeds on Wednesday showing various vantage points of the arena construction. You can check it out here.

A viewing window at 7th/K Street is now operational and open to the public. Also, new bus stops at 9th/L Street, Capitol Avenue between 7th and 8th Street and 5th Street between Capitol Avenue and L Street start operating on Saturday, Aug. 16. For information on changes for motorists, bus riders and pedestrians, click here.

There also will be an open house on Aug. 25 from 5:30 p.m. to 7:30 p.m. at 660 J Street, Suite 360. Project representatives will provide a project overview and timeline. The public is invited to ask questions about the demolition/construction. Information can be found here.

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