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.
Photos by Steve Martarano