A team handpicked by Mayor Kevin Johnson and led by Sacramento developer David Taylor and national sports facility builders has emerged as one of the frontrunners to develop a new arena.


Taylor has joined a team put together by the mayor that includes Inland, which owns the land adjacent to city property where some teams have proposed a new arena be built; Populous, a global sports architecture firm based in Kansas City, Mo.; New York-based Turner Construction; former arena task force member Dan Meis, who designed the Staples Center in Los Angeles; and ICON Venue, an owner's representative company whose website says it specializes in delivering home venues for pro sports teams. ICON’s projects have included Denver's Pepsi Center and the Chicago White Sox's new Comiskey Park, named US Cellular Field...

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