SACRAMENTO -- Go big or go home. The Sacramento Kings held a press conference Thursday morning to announce the franchise’s bid to host either the 2022 or 2023 NBA All-Star weekend.
From automated vehicles, to a personalized virtual concierge, Sacramento’s bid is all about technology. They hope to celebrate the diverse cultural aspects of Sacramento to create an event that will continue the city’s transformation.
“Golden 1 Center created a spark that ignited Sacramento’s evolution downtown and beyond,” Sacramento Kings owner and chairman Vivek Ranadivé said via press release. “With a world-class arena that is home to the best fans in the NBA, we are excited to present a bid that reimagines the All-Star event as a global celebration of sport, art, culture and diversity.”
According to the fact sheet, “The epicenter of the celebration will be a Global Pavilion - a unique indoor and outdoor facility extending from the steps of California’s capitol to the iconic Tower Bridge.”
It’s a beautiful space that includes a proposed amphitheater and plenty of other upgrades. The group also hopes to take advantage of existing spaces, like the Sacramento Convention Center Complex, Crest Theater, The Railyards, the California State Railroad Museum, as well as other potential areas.
The main hurdle to any bid is the city’s lack of high-end accommodations. To make up for a lack of luxury hotel space, the Kings hope to partner with Airbnb, as well as bring in two or three small luxury cruise ships into the Port of Sacramento. It’s an innovative idea that includes transforming a portion of the waterfront to a secondary event center.
It will take plenty of innovation to lure the NBA’s main event to Sacramento. The group is promising 30 minute door-to-door service via automated vehicles, special designated freeway lanes and a uniquely Sacramento experience to potential guests.
An official bid is being sent to the NBA offices in New York.
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