City Approves Arena DealLandmark Project Set to Open in 2016
Before a packed council chambers, Mayor Kevin Johnson and the City Council approved plans to build and finance a new Entertainment and Sports Center (ESC) at the Downtown Plaza Mall.
"Tonight's vote is a historic moment for Sacramento and the culmination of years of hard work from so many in our city and our region," said Mayor Kevin Johnson, "Sacramento has had a vision for its future and I am so proud of our community for their fight and resolve to ensure that vision became a reality. I can't wait till groundbreaking in the fall."
Tonight's vote is the culmination of a 15 year community effort to build and finance a new Entertainment and Sports Center. The Sacramento City Council Chambers was filled to capacity with 200 people inside. More gathered outside of City Hall to watch the Council Meeting on a giant LED Screen.
"We want to thank Mayor Johnson and the Sacramento City Council for their leadership," said Kings' owner Vivek Ranadivé. "We are humbled by tonight's historic vote and the opportunity to truly transform this great city. Most importantly, I want to thank Kings fans and the amazing people of the entire region for their passion and support. As I've always said, the Sacramento Kings belong to you."