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Old 07-22-2013, 08:15 AM   #1
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Default Sleep Train arena fighting to add entertainment acts

For much of the past year, Sleep Train has gone dark. After several seasons of strong bookings, the number of concerts, ice shows and other non-Kings events fell off in the past 12 months.

Executives with the Sacramento Kings, who own the arena, say the decline was a fluke, caused by a scarcity of available touring shows. The coming year looks more promising; Kings spokesman Chris Clark noted that top-selling acts such as Taylor Swift and Bruno Mars are on the calendar.

But industry experts say Sleep Train might continue to struggle. Second-tier markets such as Sacramento increasingly are getting bypassed by big tours. The physical shortcomings of the 25-year-old arena don't help, the experts say.

Change is coming, of course: The Kings' new owners plan to build a new downtown arena, to open in fall 2016. That should boost Sacramento's visibility as a tour stop, at least temporarily.

-- Sacramento Bee
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