Sacramento, California, is experiencing a true renaissance. With a character all its own, California’s state capital fuses urban farms, farm-to-fork dining, a hip and modern central city, historic landmarks and natural beauty to create an exciting and down-to-earth meeting experience for any size group. The catalyst is the opening of the new state-of-the-art 17,500-seat Golden 1 Center, the home of NBA’s Sacramento Kings. This four-block multiuse facility will also include up to 1.5 million square feet of additional space to include a new hotel, retail and office space. The experience for attendees will be of the highest caliber including the concession offerings which will feature locally sourced goods and the latest in technology to enhance the fan experience. Golden 1 Center will be the smartest arena in the country. On the heels of the new arena, a new 250-room, 16-story Kimpton property, The Sawyer, adjacent to Golden 1 Center will open in 2017. It will include 45,000 square feet of retail space on the first three floors. A Hyatt hotel on the grounds of Sacramento International Airport has also been approved and construction is expected to start within six to 12 months. Flexible, affordable meeting and event space at the 384,000-sq.-ft. Sacramento Convention Center, the 350-acre indoor/outdoor facilities of Cal Expo, historic Memorial Auditorium, the 70,000-sq.-ft. McClellan Conference Center and many full-service hotels make Sacramento meeting planning a cinch with so many great facilities to choose from. Full service hotels, affordable inns, and historic bed and breakfasts make up approximately 11,000 hotels room in the Sacramento region. Combined, the Hyatt Regency and Sheraton Grand Sacramento offer 1,000 first-class hotel rooms just steps from the convention center to form a convention package. Another 1,100 hotel rooms can be found within a few blocks of the convention center, including the Marriott Residence Inn, Holiday Inn Capitol Plaza, Citizen Hotel, Embassy Suites and a Best Western. In addition to the properties near the convention center, Sacramento offers several properties near the multipurpose venue Cal Expo. More than 1,450 rooms are less than five minutes from the facility and offer easy accessibility to all major freeways, downtown, the capitol and shopping, as well as a DoubleTree by Hilton, Hilton, Red Lion and a trio of Marriott properties. The 70,000-sq.-ft. McClellan Conference Center is located on the grounds of Lions Gate Hotel and near a Crowne Plaza. America’s Farm-to-Fork Capital As “America’s Farm-to-Fork Capital” no other major city in America is more centrally located amid such a diverse range of high-quality farms, ranches and vineyards. Award-winning chefs, restaurants, food writers and people who are passionate about the area’s rich food history and culture provide the perfect complement. In addition to great foods, more than 60 craft breweries and dozens of local coffee roasters can be found within the Sacramento region.