It has been a widely held belief for a long time that Power Balance Pavilion cannot be renovated.
Former ARCO Arena Vice President Greg Van Dusen admits that has been frustrating, but he told FOX40 he is grateful for the chance to set the record straight. Van Dusen and arena architect Rann Haight are adamant the building can be remodeled.
Van Dusen, Haight and their partners have worked on a renovation plan for more than two years. They say their idea starts with expanding the building from its original 400 feet by 400 feet base, making the arena much bigger than its current size.
On the inside, they have a plan to change the seating configuration from two levels to three. That would add club seating between the current lower and upper levels. The club area would feature restaurants and bars with open seating that would allow fans to eat dinner and watch the game at the same time.
“We’re also talking about upgrades in materials. All the acoustics can be treated,” said Haight.
As for the outside of the new facility, Van Dusen told FOX40 that they could have a whole new look.
“We’d like to skin the entire building in LED panels,” said Van Dusen. The plan would effectively turn the outside of the renovated building in a giant TV screen. Van Dusen says the cost of his group’s project would be between $80 million $100 million.
He indicated the Maloofs, the Kings owners, expressed interest in their idea two years ago, and is hopeful they will interested again when they meet at a time not yet determined.
Sacramento Mayor Kevin Johnson says if the Maloofs want to spend their own money on the project, “God bless ‘em. It would be great for our community.”
However, Johnson made it clear he doesn’t think city money should be invested in renovating Power Balance Pavilion.
There is another issue which could impact the project. The arena is the Natomas flood plain, and there are restrictions on new construction and renovation of current structures.
Van Dusen doesn’t seem too concerned about that, telling FOX40 they are engineering solutions to those kinds of problems.Copyright © 2014, The Baltimore Sun