Reporting Steve Large
SACRAMENTO (CBS13) — Whether or not the Sacramento Kings stay in town, the site of Sleep Train Arena will be looking for a new tenant.
Natomas UPS Store owner Sunni Singh’s family moved here from New York City, he says specifically for the Kings. Singh fears that if fans aren’t flocking to Natomas for games, restaurants in the area might close.
“If another business is struggling, then that also affects you,” Singh said.
The group of Sacramento investors bidding to buy the Kings would also own the 185 acres of land Sleep Train sits on. Part of their term sheet with the Sacramento City Council is to rebuild the arena site in Natomas.
A hospital, a university or a high-tech campus are some possible solutions.
“We’re also situated as the first exit from the international airport,” said Sacramento City Councilwoman Angelique Ashby. “The airport is a $4 billion international engine. So there’s a lot that happens in Natomas.”