SACRAMENTO (CBS13) – The pictures of past arena plans that failed could fill up a photo album.
Former Sacramento supervisor Roger Dickinson has been along for the up and down arena ride.
“For the people who are involved over that span of time it’s a roller coaster,” Dickinson said. “In several occasions, we thought we had a deal with the Maloofs and those deals never held.”
The past decade alone has seen a half-dozen plans fall apart.
– 2006 at the Railyards. Voters denied the Q and R sales tax increase.
– 2009 at Cal Expo. The NBA supported an arena there.
– 2010. The land swap. It would have put moved the arena to the Railyards and Cal Expo to Natomas.
– 2010 at the Downtown Plaza. The owners of Westfield Mall said they wouldn’t sell.
– 2012 at the railyards. The Maloofs pulled out of the deal with sports stadium developer AEG.
Not until 2014, when the new Kings owners unveiled this plan, did the picture become reality. Ali Mackani was in the group that proposed building at the Downtown Mall six years ago.
His 2010 arena proposal and the Golden 1 Center have some remarkable similarities.
“We could taste it,” he said. “That’s how good it was, we could taste that we could actually do this. But circumstances changed.”
Sacramento’s arena saga — the pictures show the troubled past. But now, the Golden 1 Center is serving as a symbol for Downtown Sacramento’s future.