SACRAMENTO (CBS13) — K Street’s renaissance could take another big step with a developer trying to bring bocce ball to downtown Sacramento — inside a nightclub.

The idea is to turn another empty storefront into a downtown destination.

And there wouldn’t just be a bocce ball bar. It would also include an interactive gaming area complete with virtual golf and shuffle board.

Bob Martinez is president of Sacramento’s East Portal Bocce Ball Club. He’s hoping his sport will be hit with younger crowds downtown.

“It’s very much more than just a game,” he said. “It’s part of a community activity and a community presence so it makes sense to me.”

The city is kicking in more than $3 million left over in the sale of the downtown Sheraton Hotel.

There’s no word yet on when construction will start or when the venture could open.

Comments (9)
  1. Ed Grohosky says:

    no wonder you can’t get downtown to attract people. what a stupid idea !!

  2. Jim King says:

    When I first saw the headline, I thought, “Oh good, a bar where the weapons are furnished!!!”
    That’s my idea of downtown SAC at this point……..

  3. JJ says:

    OMG – I just don’t think that would do well. Maybe they should think about a Dave & Busters? The one in Roseville seems to do well.

  4. JJ says:

    OMG – i don’t think that would do well. Maybe they should try a Dave & Busters? They seem to do well in Roseville.

  5. Jerry says:

    Wow, a developer is going to get paid by the city to open a crazy business on K, with no real business plan and no history of success or demand for the business what could go wrong there? Oh and its only gonna cost the city 3 million dollars, we should really celebrate this mile stone of human acheivement.

  6. LB says:

    This is a great idea. There was a bar in Atlanta that had a bocci ball court in it, along with a bunch of other games and it was awesome! Some people just see no vision for Sacramento. This place is going to be much more than that.

    1. Yep says:

      I agree, and I think Sacramento needs to step it up regarding entertainment for not only the locals, but also for the tourist. There’s so much that could be done along the river banks ~ what about a board walk to accommodate ideas like this?

  7. BT says:

    @ Jerry re: “a developer… with no real business plan and no history of success.” You weren’t paying attention were you? The developer already did three successful businesses on K and has a handful of successful restaurants in the Bay Area. Restaurants and bars have a multiplier effect on the surrounding economy and it makes the area safer to have an influx of people. I will go. I will bring friends, play bocce and enjoy this gem. The declinists can stay home and blog about all the injustices in Sac while offering no solutions.

  8. Nim o says:

    Let me guess, it’s David Taylor

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