Sacramento Kings officials presented arena “concepts” to the city council yesterday, including a bunch of renderings that, the Sacramento Bee stresses, “are not arena renderings.” Presumably this means “they’re just a bunch of random sketches that the Kings threw together so that we could put up a slideshow, because man, do slideshows bring in the hit counts — hey, have you looked yet at our slideshow of not-arena-renderings?”
So if the drawings aren’t meant to look like what the arena actually will, we’re left with what Kings officials said at the presentation. Which was apparently such a tsunami of p.r. verbiage that it’s best just to present it with no context or attribution or anything, just as pure unadulterated spin:
“We want to figure out how to knit the street grid back together. We can’t do that literally – (the arena) is bigger than any city block – but you can create the possibility of moving through the site.”
“We want people to walk there at 2 o’clock on a Thursday afternoon and enjoy being there.”
“We want to blur the lines of whether you’re sitting inside the arena or you’re outside.”
“It doesn’t make sense for us to build a big, giant building. When we go to the (NBA) Finals, and we will get to the Finals, we know we can address (the need for more seating) to pump up the crowd.”
What this seems to add up to, reading between the lines, is: “We don’t want to spend a lot of money building a building that we can’t sell out on a nightly basis, so instead we’re going to put some folding chairs outside and let people peek in through a window. Also, we know that arenas create giant obstructions to the streetscape, but this one will be different because, um, architecture!”
Which is a nice goal, but it’s far easier said than done. Kings officials are getting really good at the saying part, though.