Kings, Sacramento Finalizing Bid For NBA All-Star Game In '22, '23
The Kings and the city of Sacramento are "finalizing a bid to land the NBA All-Star Game" in either '22 or '23, according to a front-page piece by Ryan Lillis of the SACRAMENTO BEE. The Sacramento City Council will vote Tuesday "on providing 'general support' for the All-Star bid, which will include an entertainment pavilion on Capitol Mall, cruise ships to host out-of-town guests and dedicated traffic lanes for visitors." Kings Owner & Chair Vivek Ranadive said that the franchise will "present its bid to the NBA on Feb. 23." NBA Commissioner Adam Silver in October '16 indicated that the league was "determined to bring the All-Star Game" to Sacramento. However, Silver said that the city "was 'thousands' of hotel rooms short of the inventory needed to host the league’s premier event." Lillis notes one idea being discussed is "accommodating fans on cruise ships docked in the Port of Sacramento in West Sacramento" (SACRAMENTO BEE, 2/16). This marks the "first formal effort to bring the NBA All-Star Game to Sacramento." Since the Kings moved to Sacramento in '85, the city has "never hosted such an event, with the lack of hotel rooms cited as the principal reason" (BIZJOURNALS.com, 2/15).
IT TAKES A VILLAGE: In L.A., Paul Coro notes preparations for Sunday night's NBA All-Star Game at Staples Center "took two years of planning" and "thousands of workers." The making of All-Star weekend began with a '15 bid, a "four-month cumulative effort spearheaded" by AEG. Staples Center President Lee Zeidman "led a group of observers to last year's NBA All-Star game in New Orleans," and the intense work "began at that time for a three-pronged group of NBA, Staples Center and city leaders." Once the NBA season started, they "began to talk multiple times a day and met in person two to three times a month." Zeidman will "have up to 3,000 part-time and full-time employees working in and around All-Star events this week, not including the number of workers from the NBA, city or affiliated sponsors" (L.A. TIMES, 2/16).