The Sacramento Kings are planning an open house at Golden 1 Center.
The team said Friday that an open house will be held from 11 a.m. to 3 p.m. on Oct. 1, three days before the inaugural event at the new downtown arena. Fans must have tickets to get in - they will be distributed free, with details coming shortly. A spokesman said fans will be able to reserve a one-hour time block to tour the arena.
It’s expected that thousands of fans will visit the $557 million facility.
The announcement of the open house came shortly after the team distributed all of the tickets for its free Fan Fest event, which will feature a team practice. Fan Fest will run from 5 p.m. to 8 p.m. that same day.
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Concession stands will be open for both events.
At Fan Fest, fans will be able to watch the team practice, explore the building and participate in a question-and-answer session with selected players. There also will be “exclusive contests and prizes,” the team said.
Paul McCartney opens the arena with a pair of concerts Oct. 4 and 5. The first Kings game is an exhibition Oct. 10 against Israel’s Maccabi Haifa B.C., and the first regular season home game is Oct. 27 against San Antonio.