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Sacramento Kings announce updates regarding Sleep Train Arena Care Facility

The Sacramento Kings announced updates to the agreement allowing the state to use Sleep Train Arena as an alternate care facility. The biggest news, the team is no longer charging for the arena's use.

The Sacramento Kings announced an update to their agreement with the state of California regarding the use of Sleep Train Arena as an alternate care facility for COVID-19 patients. The biggest update is that the agreement has been ammended to reduce the cost to the state from $500,000 per month to $0 per month.

From the Kings:

Extending a partnership to protect public health and safety in the Sacramento region, the California Governor's Office of Emergency Services and the Sacramento Kings today announced the lease for the Sleep Train Arena and practice facility which housed Alternate Care Facilities have been amended by reducing the rental rate from $500,000 per month to no cost.

The arena, which the state opened in April for medical surge capacity in the region, will remain under state control through October 31.

With this agreement now in place and local hospitals no longer facing an immediate threat of being overwhelmed by COVID-19, the arena will be placed in a warm shutdown status effective the end of May. The arena site will then remain available through the Fall to support hospital surge capacity should there be a need. The practice facility will continue to remain operational to support COVID-19 patients through at least June 30.

The practice facility was already being provided at no cost to the state.

We previously wrote about the rate being charged to the state and how it didn't diminish the positive impact the Kings were making. This news simply makes that point even more emphatic. The Kings organization has stepped up in so many ways throughout this crisis. I'm sure there will be some who believe the team never should have charged anything to begin with, even if it was a discounted rate, but I remain impressed and pleased with the way the Kings have handled this crisis.

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RobHessing
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May 18, 2020 10:44 am

“A medical facility that charges $0?!?”comment image

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May 18, 2020 11:12 am

It took them a while, but they figured it out. Well done!

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May 18, 2020 11:13 am
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I doubt all they are getting out of this is huge PR……but I’m generally skeptical about this sort of thing, too.

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May 18, 2020 11:37 am
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That’s not my takeaway.

The need for the facility at all went into “standby” mode. That seems to be a larger factor in whether to charge rent, compared to public pressure or altruism.

Seems the State had leverage since they don’t really need the facility in active status right now.

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May 18, 2020 9:29 pm
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Quite possible, but ultimately the decision was a good one in my eyes.

Revenge2002
May 18, 2020 10:48 pm

They price gouged during a pandemic and eventually lost leverage so they went for a PR win since nobody else was going to give them a dime to rent that place. Their PR department is scoring points at corporate.

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