Former NBA Commissioner Stern: Golden 1 Center is ‘Utterly Perfect’

DOWNTOWN SACRAMENTO -- Sacramento history was made Friday morning when the Sacramento Kings arena officially opened at a ribbon cutting ceremony.

The event was about celebrating the Golden 1 Center, the people who made it possible and the bright future ahead for Sacramento.

"There's no arena I've seen that's better than this," said former NBA Commissioner David Stern.

The Golden 1 Center's address was named for Stern. He calls the arena "utterly perfect."

Kings President Chris Granger and Mayor Kevin Johnson say the arena is a testament to the perseverance of the team, the city and the community of fans who fought to get it built.

"The Golden 1 Center probably represents the greatest come from behind victory in the history of the NBA," Granger said.

The Mayor wouldn't say the arena is his legacy, but instead, he a huge victory for the city.

"Taking off my Mayor hat, I'm just happy for Sacramento and for me to be a part of it," Johnson said. "This is the people's building."

From the art all around the arena, to the giant wide open windows, Kings' owners say the Golden 1 Center is all about giving fans and the people of Sacramento an amazing experience when they're inside.

"It's the soul of the city and the soul of the fans, and it went into the design of the arena," said Kings Owner Vivek Ranadive. "This is an arena for the fans."

The first official events at the arena are back-to-back Paul McCartney concerts starting next Tuesday.