Arena: A Reality?

Capital Public Radio examines the four proposals facing city planners for a new site to replace Arco Arena.



Next StepsUPDATE 1/21/2011

The Sacramento First citizens' committee has released its rankings of the four proposals. In its report to the Mayor and the City Council titled "The Next Steps," the committee cites the ICON/Taylor plan as its first choice, followed in order by CORE, Convergence and Natomas.

Click here to read the full Next Steps report (pdf)


For much of the past decade, Sacramento city officials and business leaders have contemplated building a new facility to replace the aging Arco Arena, home to the Sacramento Kings NBA basketball team and an assortment of touring concerts and events. Here's a brief history:

In November of 2006, voters soundly rejected two tax measures that would have funded a new arena.

In 2007, the NBA began two years of exclusive negotiations with the board that runs the State Fair, only to have that plan fizzle out.

In 2009, Sacramento Mayor Kevin Johnson created the Sacramento First Task Force, a citizens' committee tasked with developing a plan for a new sports and entertainment complex in Sacramento.  But the panel's top choice, a complex three-way land swap, stalled on a number of fronts.

Now, the Task Force is trying again.  It's weighing proposals from four groups. We're examining all of them in-depth in a series of segments on Insight.  You can listen to those segments below.  You can also listen to recent Capital Public Radio news reports - and look back at Arena stories from previous years.

The Natomas Plan
Jeff Baize, who represents the Natomas ESC Partners plan, talks about why he thinks building a new site in the Natomas area make more sense than building in downtown Sacramento.  Natomas team proposal update  (pdf)
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The ICON/Taylor Plan   
ICONDeveloper David Taylor and his partners want to build a new sports and entertainment complex in the downtown railyards, where they believe it will have the greatest impact on the Sacramento community. ICON/Taylor team proposal update, part 1
part 2 (pdf)   
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The Convergence Plan  
Developer Gerry Kamilos explains how his new Convergence plan is different from the one that collapsed last year.
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The CORE Plan
Ali Mackani represents the CORE team, which stands for Community Organized Redevelopment Effort,  which hopes to "realize the vision of a downtown entertainment and sports complex that would transform one of the City's most challenging areas, the downtown core."
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