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Kings fans sell out ARCO Arena, exhort Maloofs to keep team in Sacramento

7:49 PM, Feb 28, 2011   |    comments
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  • Installation of Power Balance Pavilion lettering on what was ARCO Arena has been put on hold.
    

SACRAMENTO, CA - Kings fans helped ARCO Arena sell out for the first home game since it was announced the Maloof family were in discussions over popssibly moving the team to Anaheim.

Fans carrying signs shouted for the team to stay as the game began, part of an organized campaign to encourage the Maloof family to keep the team in Sacramento.

"Fans are gonna show up tonight and the Maloofs are gonna be here and we're gonna show the Maloofs that we love the Kings and want the Kings to stay in Sacramento," said Yuba City resident Mark Downs.

Sacramento Mayor Kevin Johnson said he was encouraged at the sellout.

"I'm extremely proud of our community. Tonight's sellout shows just  how much we care about the Kings and wnat them to stay right here in Sacramento," Johnson said.

Monday night's sellout was helped by an area-wide effort led by "Here We Stay," a movement working to keep the Kings.

Meanwhile, although the venue formerly known as ARCO Arena will officially become Power Balance Pavilion on Tuesday, there will be no signage announcing the name change.

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Plans to install new lettering on all four sides of the arena have been put on hold "by mutual agreement," according to Power Balance spokesman Adam Selwyn.

The ARCO logo and letters were removed earlier this month, leaving just a faint trace of the name that graced the arena since it was built in 1988.

Pacific Neon was prepared to begin putting up the new Power Balance letters and logo last Thursday, sources told News10, but was notified by Maloof Sports & Entertainment on Wednesday that the building wasn't ready for the new signage.

Arena spokesman Mitch Germann said damage to the building's fascia from the ARCO signage was more extensive than originally thought and work was underway to repair the stucco.

Selwyn confirmed the reason for the delay is not simply structural.

"Both parties agreed to put it on hold until things become more clear," Selwyn said, referring to the Maloofs' negotiations that could lead to them moving the Kings to Anaheim.

The Maloofs and Power Balance announced a strategic alliance last month that included naming the arena for the company that markets silicone wristbands popular with athletes, along with a share of the profits from Power Balance sales.

Selwyn said he would not speculate on whether Power Balance would be interested having its name on an arena that doesn't host an NBA team.

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