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Kings to allow limited number of fans into Golden 1 Center beginning April 20

The organization will honor frontline workers by hosting 1,600 of them for the April 20 game against the Minnesota Timberwolves.

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The Sacramento Kings will have some fans in the building for the stretch drive of the season. The team announced they will allow a limited number of fans into the Golden 1 Center beginning on April 20 when they host the Minnesota Timberwolves.

“We are thrilled to safely welcome fans back to the arena, starting with frontline workers who have sacrificed tremendously throughout this pandemic,” Chief Operating Officer Matina Kolokotronis said in a release. “We have worked closely with state and county public health officials and the NBA to implement comprehensive safety protocols and measures to enable fans to return to Golden 1 Center.

The organization will honor frontline workers by allowing them to be the first to attend a game all seasons. The Kings will work with local nonprofits and corporate partners to select 1,600 frontline workers to attend the game against the Timberwolves.

As coronavirus cases continue to fall while the number of vaccinated people increases in California, the plan is to gradually increased the number of fans allowed in attendance over the final seven home games. Here is how you could try and get tickets, according to Sacramento’s news release.

Single-game tickets for the next three regular-season Kings games, April 21, 26 and 28, at Golden 1 Center will be available via pre-sale opportunities for Season Ticket Members beginning on Wednesday, April 14 at 10 a.m. Any remaining seats will be made available to the general public on Friday, April 16 at 10 a.m. on Kings.com. Tickets for May dates will be made available at a later date. To sign up to be notified about the availability of tickets or for information on getting priority access to single-game tickets by becoming a 2021-22 Season Ticket Member, visit Kings.com/Signup.

The Kings will follow the recommendations of the league and local health officials to safely allow fans back in the building.

  • Testing, vaccines, and health screening: Prior to entry, fans will need to show proof of vaccination (showing receipt of both doses of the Pfizer or Moderna vaccine at least seven days prior to the event or the Johnson & Johnson vaccine at least 14 days prior to the event) or a negative COVID-19 PCR or Antigen test completed within 72 hours of the event. Fans will then take part in a verbal health screening with a Golden 1 Center Ambassador.
  • Masks and physical distancing requirements: Masks will be required for guests ages 2+ in seating areas and throughout the arena concourses when not actively eating in the designated eating section. Guests will see increased health and safety measures and signage to promote physical distancing throughout the arena, including at entry points and restrooms. All seating will be arranged in a physically distanced manner and the number of people allowed on elevators at one time will be limited.

The concessions and kiosks at Golden 1 Center will be cashless while individually packed food and beverages will be available for purchasing through mobile orders.

It will be more than a year since fans were allowed to cheer on Sacramento in person. The last time local fans saw a game was when the Kings lost 118-113 to the Toronto Raptors on March 8, 2020.