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.
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.
The new Sacramento Kings arena has helped rejuvenate construction. Hundreds of permanent jobs have been created, too.