Plenty of words about downtown Sacramento’s new arena were broken up only by pictures of the same, but on the morning renderings of the long-awaited project were released, the main speakers at the State of Downtown event could be forgiven.

Keynote speaker Tim Romani of prominent developer ICON Venue Group said because he’s become so professionally and personally invested in the project, he gets excited when he walks the streets surrounding the arena site and contemplates the future, occasional current shabbiness aside.

“This is the district that when the arena comes, it will regenerate,” Romani said, citing figures from past projects his company did in Denver, Kansas City and Los Angeles as examples. “It is going to be a catalyst.”

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