Golden 1 Center, the future home of the Sacramento Kings, is pulling out all the stops to become the “fastest and most connected indoor sports and entertainment venue in the world,” the team claims in its report. The high-speed Wi-Fi will be 17,000 times faster than the average home Internet connection, and Kings owner Vivek Ranadive is said to be experimenting with security robots, armrests that charge your mobile phone, drone-aided parking, and virtual-reality glasses that offer fans a view from the coach’s perspective or the hoop itself.
So what more could Golden 1 Center have to put it over the top?
How about the NBA’s first-ever 4K ultra-HD center-hung video board featuring the league’s largest screens. The total length of the video board stretches over 84 feet and is longer than the average 18-wheeler semi-truck. The main screens will be over 44 feet wide and over 24 feet tall.
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“Our partnership with Panasonic will revolutionize how fans consume the game – giving them an unmatched viewing experience from the moment they walk into Golden 1 Center,” Ranadive said, via the Kings’ website on Thursday. “We are proud to deliver the world’s latest technology and provide a transformative experience to the best fans in the NBA.”
The $507 million arena is planned to open next October, with the Kings beginning play there for the 2016-17 season. The NFL has the house that Jerry Jones built with AT&T Stadium, now the NBA has the house that Ranadive built with Golden 1 Center.