Fifteen years after the Kings left for Sacramento, Kansas City decided to build a new arena and a new downtown. Former Kansas City Mayor, Kay Barnes, was in Sacramento to speak at a Think Big event. She says Kansas City's project concentrated on giving visitors and locals options within an energetic new development.
BARNES: "Not everybody is interested in basketball. Not everyone is interested in the arts. And yet, when you have multiple venues that are within proximity to each other, then you obviously get the multiples that you would not get otherwise."
Barnes urged Sacramento to be unafraid of a big vision and to be patient through the process. Kansas City's Sprint Arena was funded by arena operator AEG, a room and hotel tax, and ticket fees. Pollstar Magazine says it was the third busiest arena in the country last year.