New Kings arena name announced

Donna Bland, Golden 1 Credit Union President and Chief Executive Officer, announces the naming rights partnership with the Sacramento Kings as Golden 1 Center on Tuesday, June 16, 2015 in Sacramento.
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Donna Bland, Golden 1 Credit Union President and Chief Executive Officer, announces the naming rights partnership with the Sacramento Kings as Golden 1 Center on Tuesday, June 16, 2015 in Sacramento.
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Sacramento’s Golden 1 Center hosting open house for credit union members

By Dale Kasler

dkasler@sacbee.com

September 20, 2016 03:55 PM

The new Sacramento Kings arena is named for Golden 1 Credit Union, so maybe it’s only logical that credit union members get the first official glimpse inside.

The credit union announced Tuesday it will host a free, members-only open house at the downtown arena Oct. 1. The event will be held from 9 a.m. to 11 a.m. An open house for the public, hosted by the Kings, will begin immediately afterward.

Credit union members will be able to take a self-guided tour of the building and meet a pair of mascots: the Kings’ Slamson and the credit union’s Goldie. Vouchers for $10 worth of food at the concession stands will be part of the package, too.

Tickets are required for the event. Members can get them by signing in to their account at www.golden1.com. Members must also show an active Golden 1 credit, debit or ATM card upon entering the arena.

Golden 1 purchased the naming rights to the arena for a reported $6 million a year for 20 years. The credit union recently announced that its members will be eligible for discounts on Kings tickets and merchandise, as well as other benefits.

The building’s inaugural event is a Paul McCartney concert Oct. 4.

Artist Jeff Koons' much-anticipated work that now graces Sacramento's downtown next to the new Golden 1 Center was unveiled on Friday, Sept. 16, 2016, and it was a large bit of whimsy: a sculpture of the character Piglet from Koons' "Coloring Book

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Dale Kasler: 916-321-1066, @dakasler