Sacramento recently came close to losing their only major sports team with the National Basketball Association keen to move a franchise to Seattle.
After prolonged negotiations, the Sacramento Kings agreed to build a new arena in the heart of the city and leave behind their soulless former Sleep Train Arena home out in the suburbs next to the airport. Tech mogul and Indian-American businessman Vivek Ranadive left the Warriors to purchase the team and promise the new arena to keep the team in Sacramento.
The new arena opened a year ahead of schedule and has received acclaim from all over the world.
American media have hailed the arena while sports teams, including some Premier League clubs, have paid a visit to Sacramento to see what makes it so special. That accounts for about 15 per cent of the energy used, but the other 85 per cent comes from a solar farm 30 minutes away.
For seven Sacramento Kings home games this year the doors have been open, taking advantage of the California climate. At just , square feet the building is considerably smaller than other arenas and brings those in the stands closer to the court.
In terms of technology, the free Wi-Fi in the arena can handle half a million Snapchats or , Instagram posts a second. Around 90 per cent of the food sold at the arena is sourced from within miles of Sacramento including wine from Napa Valley and local beer Sierra Nevada on display.
It's a really nice building. It shows the commitment of the area and that they want this to be a big deal.