Playing a bit of catchup here after an extra-long Memorial Day weekend, so please be patient as we gather in all the loose threads of stadium and arena battles from around North America. First off, the Sacramento Kings arena plan, which showed up on Thursday and, as predicted, included no actual financial details at all:
The report concluded that a new arena would best be located in the downtown rail yards, would cost about $387 million and would require a private/public partnership. However, developers said they were not yet ready to identify specific funding sources.
“The financing is always going to be a little more dicey,” said council member Sandy Sheedy, who said she wants more information about how a possible transient-occupancy tax — better known as a hotel tax — would work.
Also a problem: The arena plan doesn’t include any on-site parking. “I’d say enjoy the walk, and buy a meal on the way, and enjoy downtown, and use light rail and the train system and don’t drive,” developer David Taylor told KCRA-TV following Thursday’s presentation, which may be the first time anyone in history has told Californians not to drive while keeping a straight face. It still doesn’t beat D.C. baseball aide Stephen Green’s suggestion that having a too-small subway station would encourage fans to stick around and go shopping after the game for wackiest transit-related sports rationalization, but it’s up there.