Formally unveiling drawings of the new Sacramento Kings arena Tuesday, Mayor Kevin Johnson said he’s confident a measure challenging the city’s $258 million subsidy for the project will be kept off the ballot...

...On Tuesday, the executive managing the arena development urged the community to come together behind the arena effort.

Referring to STOP and its leaders, Tim Romani of ICON Venue Group told the downtown audience: “We need to listen to them, we need to hear them … but in the end, this arena will get built.”

Romani said Sacramento’s city-owned arena can spark a downtown revival comparable to other ICON-managed arena projects in Los Angeles, Denver and Kansas City. Vast portions of downtown Denver were a wasteland before the city built new facilities for basketball, hockey, football and baseball starting in the mid-1990s, said Romani, the event’s keynote speaker.

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