Mar 24, 2013; Sacramento, CA, USA; Sacramento Kings fans hold signs during the second quarter against the Philadelphia 76ers at Sleep Train Arena. Mandatory Credit: Kelley L Cox-USA TODAY Sports

Sacramento Kings to build new arena after city approves financing deal


From Las Vegas to Anaheim to Virginia Beach to Seattle, the Sacramento Kings weren’t supposed to stay in the California capital. They’d been written off by just about everybody outside of those who bleed purple and black, but the city and fans never backed down no matter how dark the light at end of the tunnel became.

It took years of fighting, millions of dollars and countless man hours, but the Sacramento Kings are here to stay and will be doing so in a new arena as the city passed the financing bill 7-2 on Tuesday night.

There are far too many people to thank who put an effort into keeping the Kings in Sacramento, but there’s no doubt everybody who helped (even in the least bit) is a little more proud this morning knowing they helped keep the Kings where they belong.

As for the new venue, heavy demolition of the Downtown Plaza is expected to take place in July though small demo is scheduled to begin soon as today.

Assuming there are no significant roadblocks (and none are expected), the new arena is set to be ready for the start of the 2016-17 season.

The new arena lease will extend to 35 years with two potential five year extensions included.

In addition, the Kings also announced the launch of SacramentoESC.com which will provide up-t0-date news on the building of the arena and surrounding areas.

“We’re pleased to introduce an interactive one-stop source for all information related to the downtown Entertainment and Sports Center,” said Kings President Chris Granger. “The new website and social media profiles will keep the public informed and our fans even better connected to the project. Consistent with our NBA 3.0 philosophy, we are always working to incorporate the latest web technologies and social platforms to better connect and engage the best fans in the world.”

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