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Anaheim Mayor Comments on NBA Extension
ANAHEIM, CA - (April 15, 2011) - Anaheim Mayor Tom Tait provided the following statement regarding the NBA’s announcement to extend the deadline for the Sacramento Kings' filing of relocation to Anaheim:

"Anaheim is primed and ready to host a professional basketball team," said Anaheim Mayor Tom Tait. "We understand that the relocation committee is balancing a variety of issues as they make this decision and have decided to take a little more time.  We remain hopeful and optimistic that the NBA will have a franchise playing at Anaheim’s Honda Center in the near future."

Anaheim is proud of the many sports, convention, and entertainment opportunities available to residents, businesses and guests. 
 
Sports:  the NHL Anaheim Ducks; MLB’s Angels Baseball; the U.S. Men’s and Women’s National Volleyball Teams (Olympic Gold and Silver Medalists); the Professional Arena Soccer League Anaheim Bolts.  In 2010, Anaheim and Angels Baseball co-hosted a very successful MLB All-Star Game and related festivities. 
 
Convention:  The LEED-certified Anaheim Convention Center is the largest convention center on the west coast and host to NAMM, Anaheim Comic Con, Disney’s D23, BlizzCon, and the 76 Classic basketball tournament presented by ESPN.
 
Entertainment:  The Disneyland Resort, including Disneyland, Disney California Adventure, and Downtown Disney; City National Grove of Anaheim; and Anaheim’s Honda Center, which was ranked 4th in the nation and 12th worldwide for the 2010 calendar year by Billboard Magazine, and second overall on the west, based on gross ticket sales, by Venues Today magazine. 
 
Anaheim is one of the largest cities in the state of California, and is in the country’s second largest media market.  More than 20 million people reside within a 90 minute drive to the front doors of Anaheim venues.  In addition, Anaheim is an international destination that attracts 20 million guests each year, half of the entire 40-plus million guests who visit Orange County annually. 
 
To support the NBA coming to Anaheim, fans are encouraged to "like" the page www.facebook.com/OCforNBA.


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ABOUT ANAHEIM – The City of Anaheim, founded in 1857, is one of the nation's premier municipalities and is one of California's most populous cities. Anaheim covers 50 square miles with more than 346,000 residents and more than 2,950 City employees. The municipal corporation's annual budget is $1.6 billion. Anaheim supports a thriving business community with companies such as Carl Karcher Enterprises, Inc., L-3 Communications, Pacific Sunwear, and Disneyland Resort. Successful sports franchises call Anaheim home, including Angels Baseball, Anaheim Ducks, the U.S. Men's National Volleyball Team, and the 2012 Olympic Games Silver Medal winning U.S. Women's National Volleyball Team. Anaheim also boasts world-class meeting and entertainment venues with the Anaheim Convention Center, LEED-certified and the largest on the west coast, Honda Center, City National Grove of Anaheim, Anaheim GardenWalk, and Angel Stadium of Anaheim. In addition, Anaheim embraces its vibrant cultural arts community, including the world-renowned Anaheim Ballet. Annually, Anaheim welcomes millions of visitors to the city, truly making it where the world comes to live, work and play. For more information, please visit www.anaheim.net.

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