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Golden 1 Center in Photos: 26 Months that Changed Sacramento Forever


On Aug. 1, 2014, work on what was soon to be known as the Golden 1 Center began with a ribbon cutting ceremony serving as a prelude to the jarring sight of the landmark Downtown Plaza being demolished. The transformation of downtown Sacramento and surrounding streets had officially begun.

During the next 26 months, Sacramentans watched their city’s core change dramatically, culminating last week with a string of impressive grand opening events at the new shiny home of the Sacramento Kings. The venue will be officially christened properly this week, with the much anticipated concerts this Tuesday and Wednesday by the legendary Paul McCartney.

I was there the day the first roadblocks went up, with camera in hand. From various locations, from the streets and rooftops, I’ve taken hundreds of photographs of the construction. Here are what I feel are the most representative of that pivotal time in our history, with the final photos taken last Saturday at the Fan Fest event attended by an estimated 100,000 joyous folks throughout the day.

Sacramento is enthralled, and we’re all anxiously looking forward to what comes next. From beginning to end (and a new beginning), here is a photographic showing of the Golden 1 Center’s 26 month transformation.

August 1, 2014
August 13, 2014
September 11, 2014
October 29, 2014
October 29, 2014
March 25, 2015
April 21, 2015
April 21, 2015
June 4, 2015
June 15, 2015
June 23, 2015
July 17, 2015
July 27, 2015
August 19, 2015
August 19, 2015
October 6, 2015
October 6, 2015
October 6, 2015
November 9, 2015
November 9, 2015
January 13, 2016
March 25, 2016
June 23, 2016
August 25, 2016
October 1, 2016
October 1, 2016

Photos by Steve Martarano

Golden 1 Center in Photos: 26 Months that Changed Sacramento Forever via @sacramentopress

About the author

Steve Martarano

Steve Martarano

A resident of Sacramento since graduating with a journalism degree from the University of Nevada, Reno, Steve spent the 1980s at The Sacramento Union, working as a sports writer, music reviewer and crime reporter, among other assignments. He's spent the last 25+ years working in government public affairs for both state and federal agencies and currently is with the U.S. Fish and Wildlife Service's Bay-Delta office in Sacramento. He has shot just about every local sports team for the Sacramento Press, including local colleges, the Sacramento River Cats and Sacramento Republic FC. He resides in Curtis Park with his wife Sharon.

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