9.24: Kevin Johnson on Arco Arena
The Mayor of Sacramento, Kevin Johnson, speaks with Greg Papa regarding his push for a new facility for the Sacramento Kings.
Where's Kevin Jackson's quote from the other day printed in the Sacramento bee yesterday if we don't have a clear path to an arena in the not too distant future than we as Sacramento's. Need to know that they -- very well may be looking elsewhere this needs to be a priority. For our community the mayor said this toddler in the NCAA is five -- second -- a bid to -- the regional round of the men's basketball tournament we are gonna bring NF. Mr. mayor I got a call and KJ for. All the years governor's games -- what I gotta show the honorable Kevin Johnson a little look a little respect your chronicle live KJ. Welcome first of all and tell me about about this quote here and and why did the NCAA tell you guys know to the regional coming out. Update Greg -- being on the show and -- effigy just about anything people Sacramento call me a lot worse they think they eject from the problem that. -- but he -- well you know we just found out yesterday. Or the day before. That the NC two a calm. Declined -- rejected. But did -- we have this city had to bring NC QA about what sacramental now we have -- -- four times in the last you know here a few years. And fully expected to get our bitter people who and they insecure it's that no we're not gonna prove you -- your request. Because you're you're -- that your NBA facility is too old now imagine -- -- away rejecting an NBA facility. If we don't understand it's a wakeup call we have an outdated arena that sub par. That that -- king's cup not fit -- I believe. That -- pad for five failed attempt to do a new arena over the last eight years. And this is a great money making event that your -- is no longer going to be able to tap in -- you've got to do you say four times since 1994 -- when they say to world KJ and this is our go to. That this arena was built and opened in 1988 which is not all that long ago so so we get right down to what what what is the current ARCO Arena lacking that the other Arenas around the nation now have. Well let's just put in context first of all are the 1988 -- -- in the -- this sort of second older attributed to MBA out of Philly Indy in the NBA vote. It told even by NBA standards. But when you don't have adequate ability when you don't have you know really -- locker room to. When you go out the amount of just last week and looks Reebok feeding. Although things are all create ID -- great environment to watch sports. If you do other things are reasons that fell apart just not beat us. The -- not adequate and -- the NC QA if fail we'd like being in fact will we enjoy the city -- the premiere at the Bears it was a play baker when you have the down economy you're talking about. Are about 45 million dollars that go toward general foreign in terms of economic impact when they're in Sacramento when they're not here that's if you strain. -- tell you what's going out this cal expo plan and if this plan does not fly what other option uses said he had to get to the arena built. Well you know the Celtic -- play and did it in the state owned property airport BST -- for all the sheer and the public concept of cal -- as. There's enough land Bechtel actual all the 340. Acres -- cal ex bull and Hewitt and you would -- -- -- -- You would do an entertainment complex and you would develop the rest of the land offer mixed you've -- Al league office and retail and all the profits. The front something other than the arena would help build an arena you call that monetize. -- facilities so. Yeah I've felt great period certainly felt that we should consider. But it's very complicated you need to master developer. And usually if you developers in the land to have the capacity to do it at the level you do you would need. An effective way of just sit down economy and the markets not good look up to that already difficult becomes even more difficult. And then my job that -- into dental -- a Keller politely to come up with option B and C atop the court to consider the not too distant future. -- smart guy on the he'll find a way to figured out for the folks up in Sacramento KJ thank you so much for your time mr. mayor. Always great to being -- cute picture. --