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Downtown Arena: Locals take pride in their fight to keep the Kings
Downtown Arena: Locals take pride in their fight to keep the Kings

The potential relocation of the Sacramento Kings has brought about many things. The most intangible aspects of professional sports where vividly apparent at Sleep Train Arena and beyond.

The prestige and importance of having a team were a pillar, but the overwhelming narrative since the grassroots efforts escalated three years ago was “Bigger than basketball,”. A phrase uttered by the Sacramento Bee’s Marcos Breton, Members of local government and eventually adopted by the group known as Crown Downtown.

“I’ve just been [back in Sacramento] for about 24 hours and you can feel it in the air,” said Matthew Moore, a member of Here We Stay’s New York contingent. “You feel how important it is to the community and it makes [us] happy with everything we did.”

Perhaps Moore’s experiences with Sacramento and its basketball team have demonstrated the true value of these occurrences. When Sacramento Mayor Kevin Johnson campaigning in 2008, he sought to change not only the city’s composition, but also its perception.