The Sacramento Kings will kick off their season Sept. 27 with the start of training camp, which will also happen to be the first time basketball is played at the new Golden 1 Center.
The new downtown arena is near completion and it is quite the sight to behold these days, especially at night.
So what should Kings fans know? Here are some recent details about the Golden 1 Center fans may be interested in.
The address is 500 David J. Stern Walk. (Hey, I remember that guy.)
The Kings have entered into a five-year partnership with Feld Entertainment to bring their productions to the Golden 1 Center. The Feld Entertainment portfolio includes Ringling Bros. and Barnum & Bailey Circus, Disney On Ice, Disney Live!, Marvel Universe LIVE!, Monster Jam, Monster Energy Supercross, AMSOIL Arenacross and more.
The Kings have a partnership with Sierra Nevada Brewing Co. The 10-year deal brings a range of Sierra Nevada's award-winning beers to the Golden 1 Center. There will be an open-air lounge called the "Sierra Nevada Draught House" that will be prominently featured above the arena's grand entrance. The Draught House also will feature a special Kings beer brewed exclusively for a limited release at Golden 1 Center.
The 250-room hotel that is currently being constructed next to the arena will be known as The Sawyer. Here's the story behind the name: It is related to a historic environmental legal case, essential in protecting the rights of farmers and California's precious resources. During the Gold Rush, mining companies used tactics that damaged homes, orchards, and farm land. In 1884, after two years of litigation, Judge Lorenzo Sawyer returned a judgment in the Woodruff vs North Bloomfield case ordering the banning of mining processes that dumped tailings into rivers and streams, impacting more than 300,000 acres of farmland. Now known as the Sawyer Decision, his judgment is often recognized as one of the first environmental laws in the country.
The cuisine in the arena will feature a "farm-to-court" food sourcing program that aims to source 90 percent of its food and beverage program from within 150 miles. Food from restaurants such as Mulvaney's Building and Loan, Petra Greek, Star Ginger, LowBrau and Mikuni Sushi will be among some of the available eats. Here is more on this effort.
The new Kings app will feature indoor maps that will provide visitors at Golden 1 Center with turn-by-turn directions to the fastest route from their parking spot, through the public plaza, and directly to the precise location of their seat. The app will also provide fans at the arena with real-time information about the length of restroom and concession lines. The Kings app will be available for download on iOS and Android devices soon.
Six historic neon signs that are Sacramento-related will be featured in the arena. The signs include the original yellow and red Tower Records sign from Watt Avenue and Shakey's Pizza from East Sacramento's J Street. The remaining four original signs from Franke's Drugs, Newbert Hardware, Sleeper Stationary, and Coronet Portraits will be recognized by many as markers of Downtown Sacramento.
And then there is traffic. The Roseville City Council recently voted to offer game-day bus services to the Golden 1 Center. The city of Sacramento is also working on a traffic plan going into fall that includes street closures at certain times of the day during events.
Here are some upcoming events:
- Oct. 1: Fan Fest. At the first team event, Kings fans will be able to explore the arena, get acclimated with local food stands, and see an open practice. Fans will be able to reserve their spot for the event today at noon at Kings.com/FanFest.
- Oct. 4-5: Paul McCartney
- Oct. 9: WWE No Mercy
- Oct. 10: First Kings preseason game against Maccabi Haifa
- Oct. 15: Maroon 5
- Oct. 18: Kings v. Los Angeles Clippers
- Oct. 19: Pentatonix: The World Tour 2016
- Oct. 20: Jimmy Buffett
- Oct. 27: Regular season Kings home opener against the San Antonio Spurs
Who is ready?