So far, all of the National Basketball Association arenas are closed/indoor facilities but if the Sacramento Kings get their way, they might have the first ever indoor/outdoor arena.
During a press conference yesterday, Kings owner Vivek Ranadive talked about his plans for a brand-new arena:
Ranadive said the new facility “will be the first basketball arena that has this indoor-outoor feature to it. For concerts and other events, you could actually completely open it up and have 18,000 people inside and another 10,000 people outside.”
He gave few other details, saying, “You’ll have to wait and see the plans.”
Addressing a throng of media representatives at Sleep Train Arena’s practice facility, minority owner Shaquille O’Neal praised the proposed downtown arena as a massive job creator that would put Sacramento on the map. He said the facility would be the world’s “first cash-less arena,” where fans would be able to use their smart phones to buy tickets, find the concession stands and even “the bathrooms with the smallest lines.