The Sacramento Kings home opening game has re-ignited the conversation on a bid to bring the coveted NBA All-Star Game to the city.
NBA Commissioner Adam Silver toured the new Sacramento King’s Golden 1 Center Thursday. Silver told the Sacramento Bee that the league is determined to bring the NBA All-Star Game to Sacramento.
Seeing the facility in person is likely what reaffirmed Silver’s stance on the issue, Sacramento Kings Spokesperson John Jacobs said over the phone.
Kings President Chris Granger confirmed the team would look into a 2020 All-Star Game bid in a September interview with ABC 10 News.
Granger said in a statement the team has indicated plans for a bid to the league.
“We are excited to begin the formal process with the League,” Granger said in a statement.
The one hurdle the city faces in getting to host the game is hotel space, the Sacramento Convention and Tourism Bureau’s Chief Operating Officer Mike Testa said.
The NBA requires 5,000 hotel rooms near the game but Sacramento only has 2,000.
"The NBA All-Star Game in Sacramento would be phenomenal,” Testa said. “Not only from an economic impact standpoint but from a marketing standpoint."
One idea being floated is to bring mid-sized cruise ships through the American River and dock them at the West Sacramento Port.
In a letter to the NBA Commissioner, the Port of West Sacramento Supervisor Oscar Villegas said the port is prepared to charter enough cruise ships to accommodate the NBA’s needs.
In a letter by West Sacramento Mayor Christopher Cabaldon to the NBA commissioner, he said the city is also supporting the idea.
The NBA All-Star game could mean international notoriety and an estimated $60 million economic impact for the Sacramento region, Testa said.