It is fantastic to see the reviews come in for Golden1Center in Sacramento. I am not thrilled that another first-class arena has opened in the region, an arena that will compete for events with our facilities in Las Vegas. But I celebrate the quality of their design and execution; and I love the part they are playing in building the pride of Sacramento; and I wish them great success. I certainly feel that this is “one for the good guys” similar to how I felt about our ability to bring T-Mobile Arena to Las Vegas.
There has been a renaissance in arena development over the last few years and I am excited for the fact that fans will want to be engaged in new venues with great amenities – venues that will ensure that live entertainment keeps growing and thriving. Plus it gives us a chance to steal a few tricks from them like we did from others, and Golden1Center likely did during their design process.
The new kids on the block have all thrown their best at it – Amway Center in Orlando, PPG Paints Arena in Pittsburgh, Barclays Center in Brooklyn, Rogers Place in Edmonton, Centre Vidéotron in Quebec, T-Mobile Arena in Las Vegas, and now the Golden1Center. Unique fan experiences range from an intimate view of players heading to the ice, to a nightclub with bars that extend out over the seating bowl, to huge doors that open to give fans a blast of fresh air, to local high-end concessions, to suites with banquette seating, to party decks for fervent fans. Oh, and loge boxes as far as the eye can see; and more bars and lounges than most cities in the Midwest have; and sponsor activations to keep us all entertained before, during and after the event.
All should be proud of their contributions. As we keep trying to one-up each other, the big winner is the fan. We all thank the fans for telling us what they want, what they like, how we can entertain them. There will be more new arenas in the next few years, and I can’t wait to see what they offer us fans, including me – my first visit to Golden1Center will be soon and I can’t wait.