May 16, 2004

Arco Arena Location

Category: Urban Planning

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Sacramento: It has taken a long time for cities to re-discover the benefits of downtown stadiums - good for businesses, less investment in infrastructure, reintroduces the populace to public transportation and urban life, etc... etc... and now, at least in Basketball, the majority of arenas are located in central cities.

Despite being built in 1988, The Arco Arena outside Sacramento represents the absolute worst case scenerio in stadium construction, being built literally on farmland at the urban fringe. The Kings may be a hot team, but many of the benefits of having a hot NBA team are therefore lost in the corn. I'm rooting for Minnesota.

Posted by Nick at May 16, 2004 6:44 PM

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Not a big fan of downtown stadiums. We have three.. Seattle Center for the Sonics, Safeco field for the Mariners and now SeaHawk stadium. I'm not really into sports and the traffic snarls around these stadiums are beyond horrendous. Couple that with games that start around rush hour and you have an exercise in monumental stupidity. Move these fugly things out of my city!

Posted by: dunsany at May 18, 2004 1:55 PM

Arco Arena is not really even on the fringe of the city anymore. Given the way that suburban sprawl has spread, its almost "downtown" now.

Posted by: bkmiller at May 18, 2004 4:26 PM

Is Arco Arena also built in a swamp, the way they did with the Meadowlands in Jersey?

Posted by: Greg at May 18, 2004 6:32 PM

The terrible Seattle traffic around Safeco/Qwest and the Key Arena during events is caused by Seattle's lack of good public transportation to these venues. Even people who are already downtown will drive half a mile to the venues instead of spending $1.25 and ten minutes on a bus (note that all these venues are just a few blocks outside of the fareless zone). The one mile monorail, when it was running, was always crowded for events at the Seattle Center but a two-stop one-mile route didn't make a lot of difference.

Posted by: Scott Larson at September 12, 2004 12:51 PM