Former NBA Commissioner David Stern is coming to Sacramento for a ribbon-cutting ceremony for the new downtown arena, Golden 1 Center. The ceremony will include the renaming of a portion of the street leading to the arena in Stern’s honor.
Stern will join Kings Chairman Vivek Ranadive at the Sept. 30 ceremony, at which Kings officials and city leaders will honor thousands of construction workers and others involved in the arena project.
As previously announced, the city is renaming the stretch of K Street, between Fifth and Seventh streets, David J. Stern Walk. The official address of Golden 1 Center is 500 David J. Stern Walk.
Stern, who retired in early 2014, championed Sacramento’s efforts to build a new arena and keep the Kings from leaving town. He personally negotiated an arena deal in 2012 with the team’s former owners, the Maloofs, and committed several million dollars of league money to the project. After the Maloofs scuttled the deal and agreed to sell the Kings in 2013 to investors from Seattle, Stern helped Mayor Kevin Johnson recruit Ranadive and other investors who made a competing bid for the franchise.
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“When I learned we would have the option of naming the road, it was a no-brainer for me,” Ranadive said in July. “There were no other names on my list. David took the NBA to the global level and started the WNBA, but he is about so much more than basketball. He is one of the greatest leaders in the world, and on top of that, the team would not be in Sacramento without David Stern.”
The ceremony will be held at 10 a.m. City leaders and others will attend.