In Sacramento, Ryan Lillis reports a group "trying to force a public vote" on the city's plan to subsidize a new downtown NBA Kings arena has "fallen short in its push for a special election this year and will instead aim for the June 2014 ballot." The group was "unable to gather enough signatures before Monday's deadline to force a special election." Instead, it now "has until Dec. 16 to file 22,000 valid signatures from registered city voters." The group, also known as STOP, "wants the public to vote on the City Council's approval" of $258M in public subsidies to the $448M arena planned for Downtown Plaza (SACRAMENTO BEE, 7/16).
ART FOR ART'S SAKE: In Ft. Worth, Susan Schrock reported the city of Arlington has "set aside $200,000 for the first of several planned sculptures to be installed between Cowboys Stadium and the Rangers Ballpark." Up to 15 permanent sculptures "are envisioned." City officials said that the public art "would not only be an added amenity for park users but also would serve as an additional arts and culture destination for the millions of visitors who come to Arlington." The themed sculptures "could represent events such as" Super Bowl XLV, which was held at Cowboys Stadium in '11, or the Rangers’ back-to-back AL pennants in '10 and '11 (FT. WORTH STAR-TELEGRAM, 7/14).
MUSEUM HOPPING: In San Jose, Lauren Hepler reports the 49ers are "currently working on a 17,000-square-foot museum" at Levi's Stadium "slated to be open seven days a week." 49ers COO Paraag Marathe said that the team is hoping to attract "school field trip groups" to the museum. He said, "We'll have a learning lab downstairs where students can learn about the physiology of sports" (SILICON VALLEY BUSINESS JOURNAL, 7/12 issue).
ON THE 86 LIST: In L.A., Roger Vincent reported the ESPN Zone restaurant at L.A. Live "closed over the weekend to make way for three new restaurants." Most outlets of the sports-themed ESPN Zone chain have "been closed by parent company Walt Disney Co., but one store remains open near Disneyland in Anaheim" (L.A. TIMES, 7/15).