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Downtown Arena Experience Now Open

 
Downtown Arena Experience Now Open
Posted Wednesday, May 21st 2014 @ 12pm  by KFBK News - Mike Simpson

You can now get a sneak peek at Sacramento's new downtown arena.

The Kings are taking appointments for an Experience Center on J Street that features a full mock up of a suite and an area for virtual tours of the center's concourse and plaza.

Two kiosks provide the 3-D renderings, and fans who have downloaded the Kings app will be greeted with special messages inside -- much like they would be in the real building.

The team has also launched a new website and social media initiative to keep the public up to date on the latest arena developments.

SacramentoESC.com hosts a count-down clock, news releases and a space for live video of upcoming demolition.

Fans can also follow the arena on Twitter, Facebook and Instagram. The project's hashtag is #PowerForward.

And while the pro-arena folks are making preparations, there's another group who is still working to stop the project. 

Two attorneys who announced plans last night for a new referendum against the arena project say they're discussing the best ways to launch a signature drive.

Attorneys Patrick Soluri and Jefferey Anderson -- who previously alleged backdoor dealings between the City and the Kings -- say they'll need about 13,000 signatures to push a vote, and likely have 60 days to get them.

The pair told the city council they had plans for a political action committee. It's unclear where the financial backing would come from.

An environmental lawsuit has also been filed against the city and the Kings.

A group of residents call the new arena design "hideous" and say it looks like a "crushed up aluminum can."

They also cite large traffic impacts and say plans have not taken into account the possibility of "riots or bonfires" after championship games.

PHOTOS: Inside the ESC Experience Center 

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