SACRAMENTO (CBS13) – It was a golden grand opening Golden 1 Center.

Paul McCartney took center stage for the first major event at Sacramento’s shiny, new arena.

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McCartney’s classics served as the soundtrack to the start of this new era in Downtown Sacramento.

The legendary performer thrilled this first Golden 1 Center crowd – many stepping inside this building for the first time.

“I love the old Arco Arena, [but] it was a lousy place to see a concert,” said Sacramento resident Jeff Harris.

Kings owner Vivek Ranadive was joined by mayor-elect Darrell Steinberg for the big night.

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“Time to stop and smell the roses just for a night, then we’ll get back to work,” Steinberg said.

On this Tuesday night, thousands came downtown to see a star perform in this brand new setting.

“It had to be somebody big, I think. And this is pretty big for Sacramento,” said Roseville resident Wendy Williamson.

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The big hits of a music legend performing in downtown Sacramento. On this night, these were the sounds of change.