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Sacramento Kings Open First Arena Designed to Welcome Transgender Fans

The Sacramento Kings have achieved a number of firsts in the construction of their new Golden 1 Center Entertainment and Sports Arena, set to open on October 1st. The eco-friendly structure will be totally solar powered, helping it achieve U.S. Green Building Council LEED Platinum status, a first for an indoor arena. It will also feature local food sourcing, and the globe’s largest indoor arena display screen.  But attracting the most attention is the fact it was specifically designed to accommodate all the Kings’ fans—with a focus on the Transgender community.  The arena will have twenty-three all-gender public restrooms throughout the center.

“We set out to build the most connected and forward-thinking arena in the world because we wanted to ensure the very best fan experience for everyone regardless of their sexual orientation or gender identity,” said King’s Owner and Chairman, Vivek Ranadive.

“The Sacramento Kings are leading not only the NBA, but sports worldwide in building the first arena to ensure transgender fans are fully respected and welcomed,” stated Rick Zbur, Executive Director of LGBT civil rights organization, Equality California. “We commend the Sacramento Kings and we are hopeful they are the first of many franchises to provide accommodations for all fans.”

The NBA team is on record for its strong support of the Transform California campaign that promotes “respect, understanding and safety for transgender Californians.”





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