One of the best parts of being a fan, and why so many people keep coming back for more, is the live experience of taking in a game. There's just nothing like getting to see a big shot or huge play in person with 17,316 of your friends.
Today around SBNation, we're feeling a bit nostalgic and taking a look back at some of the best games we've ever attended in person. For me, I have to draw upon recent years. My dad started taking me to games back in the mid-90s but we could only ever afford to go to around one a year. Tickets were even harder to come by once the team became good in the late 90s and early 00s and most of the big moments (Bibby's shot, all the playoff games) I saw on TV.
About the time I started writing for StR back in 2008, I was able to start buying my own tickets, and it helped that the team was awful and tickets were plentiful. Once the first relocation drama started to hit in 2011, my dad and I started to go to even more games to show our support for the team.
One game in particular that I will never, ever forget was the first Here We Stay Night on February 28th, 2011. It was Kings vs. Clippers, and it was the game before the supposed deadline to file for relocation (which was later extended to April). We spent a lot of time planning this event, and handing out fliers with chant instructions the day of the game.
The arena was electric that night. It reminded me of the days of old, and the Kings fed off that energy. The newly arrived Marcus Thornton had his best game as a King yet, scoring 29 points off of Sacramento's bench. No play was more exciting than this sequence which started with a Cousins block and led to a Thornton fastbreak alley oop to Omri Casspi.
The fans were amazing as well, with the chants being heard loud and clear on the television broadcast.
It was an amazing night, and one that I am so glad saw a happy ending, especially now that there are many more opportunities for me to have new "best games" to attend. Hopefully in the near future I'll be able to cross "attend a Kings playoff game" off my bucket list. I already did "see a game winner" when section214 and I witnessed the absurdity that was James Johnson hitting a game-winner.
Let's hear from you guys now! What are the best games you've ever attended in person? I know a few that I wish I could have been in attendance for, particularly the one where Tyreke Evans hit a half-court game winner. Leave your own stories in the comments below!