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The San Antonio Spurs’ NBA preseason home opener was the public’s first look at the USD$110m renovation of the AT&T Center, which was designed by HOK.

Bexar County Judge, Nelson Wolff, said:

This facility surpasses anything that you’ll see in the nation. It’s an extraordinary amount of work that was done in a relatively short amount of time.

About 700 workers spent the summer working on the AT&T Center to get it ready in time for the 2015-16 season.

There are new seats, new artwork and the centrepiece is the new scoreboard, a high-definition system with four 20ft by 30ft screens. Each screen of the scoreboard, video system, made by YESCO Electronics, is the size of 30x 80-inch TVs stacked together and gave fans the perfect view of the Spurs’ 96-92 win.

Fans got to see the Spurs from all new vantage points as well. On the balcony level, two new corner bars with a view of the court made for busy hangout spots.

On the terrace level, 14 new four-seat theatre boxes make for an intimate game-watching experience, with fans in the boxes enjoying their own dining area as well.

Bill Crockett, a regional leader of HOK’s Sports + Recreation + Entertainment practice said:

The highest possible level of teamwork made this successful. This is a great home for Bexar County and Spurs Sports & Entertainment.

This is the latest and greatest, newest state-of-the-art venue in the NBA and in the United States.

 

Photo credit: Jason Ytuarte for Spurs Sports & Entertainment

Warriors SF waterfront arena design update

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The Warriors NBA team has unveiled new detailed designs for the proposed San Francisco waterfront arena and nearby development. Public hearings in the coming weeks may determine if the arena gets built in the waterfront location or not.

Craig Dykers of architect Snøhetta, which was selected along with AECOM to design the project, said the new plans include a walkway that encircles the pier, more open space on the raised area surrounding the arena, and pedestrian access that continues up the arena itself with a ramp that wraps around the facility.

The design also now incorporates some very large areas of transparent glass that give views out toward the waterfront.

Warriors' arena design features views of San Francisco's waterfront.

Warriors’ arena design features views of San Francisco’s waterfront.

Sacramento versus Seattle

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The unofficial race to host NBA basketball between Sacramento and Seattle continues an interesting arena development tit for tat. Chris Hansen’s arena in Seattle is well ahead in terms of development, with two phases identified and negotiations with the downtown site neighbours some way down the line.

Sacramento has rejected funds for a new arena once but the council later approved a non-binding term sheet calling for a $258m subsidy of a $448m arena. It is now showing designs – courtesy of architect AECOM – of the possible new venue, with land donated by the city. The project appears to face the same objectors as with previous proposals.

The NBA has said that the fate of the Kings franchise will be decided in the first week of May. A full vote of league owners will happen after a relocation committee issues its report and recommendations.

Rendering of possible Sacramentio arena, courtesy AECOM

Rendering of possible Sacramentio arena, courtesy AECOM