Friday, January 15th, 2010 at 10:30 am  |  16 responses

The Kings’ Latest New Arena Proposal

So, about moving to Vegas … : ” The National Basketball Association tonight announced its support for a dramatic land-swap proposal to build a new state fairgrounds at the current Arco Arena site in Natomas and a new arena for the Sacramento Kings downtown next to the rail depot. The proposal, involving three prime pieces of Sacramento real estate, is one of seven arena concepts submitted in response to a request from Sacramento Mayor Kevin Johnson two months ago for help in finding a replacement facility for aging Arco Arena … The plan calls for a three-part land swap: The state would sell the current Cal Expo site to a development group that would redevelop the property into a mixed-use community. The state, in turn, would take over the existing Arco Arena site in Natomas, now owned by the city and the Kings, and transform it into a modern state fairgrounds and exposition center. And a new Kings arena would go up on city-owned land in the downtown rail yard. NBA representative John Moag said the NBA and the Maloof family, owners of the Sacramento Kings, are backing the proposal because it comes with what has been the missing link in Sacramento arena discussions: financing commitments from two major investment firms.”

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  • Ken

    I remember when Arco was the most feared arena in the NBA. That feels like forever ago.

  • oddball

    Isn’t arco only like 20 years old? Since when is that old? Boston garden was around for like 70 years and msg is over 40 years old…why do they have to keep replacing these places when they aren’t even that old?

  • http://www.digitalthread.com AlbertBarr

    Arco was built in the 80′s and the roof was a temporary structure. Basically it is a piece of sh!t and always has been.

  • http://www.dsenyard.com/writer/Blog/Blog.html dsenyard

    So that’s what Seattle needed, a former NBAer as mayor!

  • underdog

    They should bild a proper playoff team first…

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  • http://www.digitalthread.com AlbertBarr

    Uh…I like the new young core we have going underdog…what else would YOU do at this point that Geoff Petrie hasnt? Oh, and you know it takes some time to ‘build’ things, right?

  • ball4life

    Come to Seattle!

  • underdog

    @AlbertBarr: In this season? Nothing, because it wouldn’t matter.

  • http://www.realultimatepower.net doyouwantmore

    If this goes through I will be one happy man. Also, Underdog ^^^ is not so smart.

  • Sporting-Lisbon-Blazers

    i think dsenard is onto something…

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  • J

    Seattle Kings?

  • ab_40

    do it just build the thing. It’s good to see fans at kings games that’s how it’s supposed to be. now trade kevin martin he’s nog gonna win games for em. the combination evans greene is more productive then martin evans

  • underdog

    All right, let me correct myself. By the time the new arena is complete, I hope the Kings will have a proper playoff team. And, yes the young core is promising (Evans = ROY, imho).

  • The Last Kings Fan

    I like it, but I can’t see the city wanting to build a new fairground at Arco, its in the middle of nowhere. But thought I’d run this by some guys here, what do you think of this trade: Martin and Hawes to the Wizards for Butler McGee and maybe a draft pick?