by Michael J. Shapiro | March 01, 2016
SACRAMENTO

Local Update
 
 The Hyatt Place Sacramento/Roseville celebrated its grand reopening early last month, after wrapping up a thorough renovation of the property in late December. All 151 guest rooms have new carpeting, beds, furniture and showers, with walls festooned with regional artwork. The hotel offers an outdoor patio with a fire pit and 1,173 square feet of meeting space.

 Construction proceeds on the Golden 1 Center, an arena slated to open in October. The new home of the NBA's Sacramento Kings also is lining up events such as an opening night concert headlined by Maroon 5, and a recently announced show with Mexican rock legends Maná, who will play on Nov. 9. Kings owner and former tech CEO Vivek Ranadivé promises the league's most technologically advanced arena, with 1,000 Wi-Fi access points, strategically placed beacons for navigational help and an official team mobile app that allows attendees to order refreshments from their seats.

The Kings hope to thoroughly revitalize downtown Sacramento with the new venue. An adjacent mixed-use project called Downtown Commons also is underway and is set to open in early 2017 with retail, restaurants and additional entertainment venues. A 250-room, 16-story Kimpton hotel is being built on the same block, likewise slated to open in early 2017.

 In West Sacramento's up-and-coming Bridge District, construction began a year ago on The Barn, an outdoor event venue along the Sacramento River. The multimillion-dollar project, which could debut this month, will focus on culinary and musical events. Sacramento-based restaurant LowBrau will run the food-and-beverage service, including a weekend beer garden, and also will handle much of the event programming. The Barn is expected to anchor the riverfront developments in the district.

 The Capitol Event Center debuted last July in the historic May building, an updated adaptation of the CSAC Conference Center that previously existed in that space. The renovation focused on the in-room technology, which now features state-of-the-art A/V infrastructure. Phase II of the project, which should wrap up this month, will add breakout suites and a lounge on the floor above the primary conference space. The main room holds up to 200 people theater-style, and the combined breakout suites will have a maximum capacity of 50.