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April 29, 2011
Few details emerge on Sacramento's arena plans

Regional leaders met again today on the Kings' future. Perhaps the most notable aspect of the meeting was the presence of developer David Taylor, who is leading a City Hall-sponsored study of what it would take to build a new arena.

The key element of that study - the cost and how it would be paid for - is still being worked out. But Taylor did provide the group with some other details.

Mayor Kevin Johnson said Taylor told the officials an arena here should be in the 650,000-square-foot range. Power Balance Pavilion is 442,000 square feet. Sacramento doesn't need something on par with arenas built in L.A. or Orlando - but it does need something bigger than its current facility, Johnson said.

"You have to build a facility that's suitable to the market you're in," Taylor told the group, according to the mayor.

It's not clear whether the topic of forming a joint powers authority to help fund an arena was discussed in detail today. But it's becoming more apparent that elected officials from across the six-county area are starting to discuss the notion of a regional effort to build a facility.

Don't expect Taylor to let many more - if any - details of his study slip out before it's finished in late May. He's doing his study for free, but also at the direction of the City Council. When they know, we'll know.

As for where the ongoing Kings drama stands at this hour, it's more waiting.

The Kings' future is still undecided and might be right up until 2 p.m. Monday, the Maloofs' deadline to ask the NBA's permission to relocate to Anaheim.

The mayor said regional leaders are "cautiously optimistic" about their chances at keeping the team.

"I can't tell you if we're winning or losing the game, but we're certainly in the game," he said.

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About City Beat

Ryan Lillis has covered the city of Sacramento, its 108 neighborhoods and its politicians since 2008. Prior to that, he covered crime at The Bee. A native of upstate New York, Lillis has a journalism degree from the University of California, Berkeley.

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