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The 916: High Tech on the Home Court


Posted on September 1, 2016

When Golden 1 Center opens in October, it’ll be the most technologically advanced arena in the world. That’s right: the world. The chief technology officer for the Sacramento Kings, Ryan Montoya, walks us through just nine of the amazements.


1. The Sacramento Kings app connection Guests buy game tickets with the app and can use it to order food and view team stats or replays from their seats. 

2. Displacement ventilation Small registers under the stadium seats will constantly adjust the indoor temperature, using less energy than air-circulating fans would. Temperature selection through the app will also debut this fall. 

3. A 650-mile fiber-optic cable infrastructure With help from more than 300 miles of copper, this “could transmit 40 GB of data to the Canadian border at the speed of light,” Montoya says. 

4. The 32-million-pixel indoor screen Co-designed by Panasonic and a former Disney Imagineer, this screen is 7 million pixels higher resolution than Dallas Stadium’s. Even the players can see! 

5. A 6,000-square-foot data center With help from the command center, terabytes worth of statistics, video and other information are gathered here in real time and sent to fans through the Kings app. 

6. A self-improving command center This “digital brain” helps the data center by sending out updates on the game; it even estimates waiting times for food and drink lines in the stadium. 

7. More than 1,000 points of Wi-Fi “One access point for every 17 fans,” says Montoya, and each is powered by “two 100-gigabit, ethernet-dedicated internet circuits.” 

8. 100 percent solar power The first stadium with this honor, Golden 1 Center gets 85 percent of its energy from the Rancho Seco solar park; the other 15 comes from solar panels on the stadium’s roof. 

9. Water-saving bathrooms: The toilets are designed to conserve half a gallon of water per flush; in one year, this could save “enough water to fill five Olympic swimming pools of water,” says Montoya.

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