In 2006, as officials in the County of Los Angeles sought a way to bring an NFL team to that area, officials in the County of Sacramento wanted to obtain funding for a new sports arena. They wanted to replace the 18-year old Arco Arena with a more modern structure. In order to achieve that purpose, the Sacramento leaders met in Las Vegas with National Basketball Association (NBA) officials and the owners of the Sacramento Kings.
The Kings had earned recognition as the NBA team that drew large crowds into the Arco Arena from the County of Sacramento. The basketball teams that played away games against the Kings landed at Sacramento International Airport. The Maloof family, the owners of the Kings, looked forward to the building of a new basketball arena.
Joe Maloof had made known his desire for a new arena. He had been quoted as saying, "Sacramento is a big city...It's not just about the Kings..." Maloof had indicated that a new arena could be used by the City of Sacramento to attract artists from the County of Sacramento, and from surrounding counties. Such artists could perform concerts at a new arena.
Roger Dickson, a supervisor for the County of Sacramento, said in mid July that he feared that time was running short for an agreement between the concerned parties in 2006. At the time of Dickson's remarks, discussions had focused on a public-private financing plan. If all three parties could agree on such a plan, then it could be put on the November ballot. Implementation of any proposed plan would require support from the voters in the County of Sacramento.
If the voters approved any proposed plan, then that would automatically lead to higher sales taxes for residents in the County of Sacramento. In other words, the voters would have to decide how much they liked going to see the Kings play. If the voters were to put an end to any hopes for a new arena in Sacramento, then the Maloof family would likely seek a new home for their team.
If the Maloof family could not find a new home by 2008, then residents in the County of Sacramento would have another chance to hold onto their Kings. That could be the way things would play out, if the 2006 negotiations in Las Vegas do not end in an agreement between the involved parties.
Residents in the County of Sacramento hope that the NBA, the Sacramento City leaders and the Maloof family can manage to reach an agreement. The County residents enjoy going to the Kings games. The County residents would like to see concerts and other events taking place at a new arena.
The propose site for a new arena is in an area called "the rail yard." Located off of Interstate-5, "the rail yard" can be reached quickly from most points in the County of Sacramento. A new arena in what is now "the rail yard" would spur redevelopment in that downtown area.
What will develop from the ongoing discussions in Las Vegas? Will NBA teams continue to fly into Sacramento International Airport? Residents in the County of Sacramento eagerly await the answer to each of those questions.