The Kings have cleared a major hurdle in their efforts to secure a new stadium in Sacramento. The city council has given the plan its stamp of approval with a final vote of 7-2, according to Sam Amick of Sports Illustrated (via Twitter).
Sacramento owner Gavin Maloof was in attendance for the meeting along with multiple team officials and guard Isaiah Thomas, according to Ailene Voisin (Twitter links). David Aldridge of NBA.com recently wrote that the Maloofs have the support of David Stern and will receive some sort of financial help if needed to keep the team in Sacramento.
The arena is set to open in time for the 2015/16 season and the Kings have agreed to act as its anchor tenant for 30 years. Cities such as Anaheim and Seattle were expected to go after the Kings if they were to leave Sacramento.