The anatomy of designing an NBA arena (a case study of the Kings)

The average sports fan’s first interaction with a planned new arena comes in the form of renderings. But that is so far down the path of the design process. For a new Sports Illustrated story, I worked with the preeminent NBA arena designers, AECOM, and the NBA’s Sacramento Kings to dive deeper into the process of creating a new NBA arena. We looked at everything from site selection to seating arrangements and from building materials to local input. The resulting article, I believe, gives readers a first-hand walk-through of the process involved in designing an NBA arena. Read the results on SI here.

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Kings’ New Arena has Glass Entrance that Fully Opens

We are certainly getting something new from architects AECOM, the designers of the new arena for the Sacramento Kings. The first release of renderings today showed off a giant “grand entrance” that includes five airplane-hangar-style windows that fully open, a bold move to allow the outside and inside to mesh. Look at more images and read about the design at my Sports Illustrated article here.

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