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Public Support for New Arena May Be Greater Without Kings



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(Sacramento, CA)
Wednesday, March 09, 2011
It might seem contradictory, but Mayor Kevin Johnson says Sacramento voters might be more willing to support a new sports and entertainment complex without the Kings. 
 
"I think the public feels better now knowing that it's not only about the Kings.  It's about us as a community," Johnson said. 
 
Johnson says the voters rejected a 2006 ballot measure that would have provided public financing for a new arena because most people felt like they were financing a private sports team. 
 
He says only about 30 percent of the activities out of Power Balance Pavilion are sports activities. 
 
"That means 60-70 plus percent are non-sporting activities," Johnson said.
 
Johnson says developers David Taylor and Icon Group will continue working on a feasibility study for a new sports and entertainment complex without market analysis documents from the Kings' owners. 
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