Kings to open dedicated esports facility inside arena

The Sacramento Kings unveiled plans for the first dedicated esports training facility and production studio, which will be located inside the Golden 1 Center.

The 2,100-square foot facility will be built on the arena’s event level and will be utilized for the team’s upcoming NBA 2K League team. It will also be available to touring artists, athletes and community groups.

The space is planned to open in mid-January, ahead of the NBA 2K League launch in May. The facility will have gaming tech and broadcast capabilities to produce livestreams and content, with the goal of providing the “best possible zero-lag gaming experience.”

Events and tournaments will accommodate theater-style audiences, with the ability to expand into Golden 1 Center’s premium clubs. The arena also boasts the NBA’s only 4K Ultra HD video screen.

“Using technology to engage with our fans and reach new audiences has always been core to our organization’s mission,” Kings owner Vivek Ranadive said in a statement. “Golden 1 Center is the most advanced arena for basketball, entertainment and esports. This state-of-the-art facility will set a new standard and provide the best-in-class tools that the next generation of superstar gamers need to train, compete and win.”

The franchise envisions the facility also serving as the “ultimate backstage entertainment lounge and hangout.” Hundreds of gaming titles and virtual reality experiences will be made available to touring artists and their guests. A DJ rig will allow guests to record new music, playback and prepare for performances.