Golden 1 Center is getting ready for its debut

Work continues at the future home of the Sacramento Kings. The venue will be ready for the Paul McCartney show on October 4.
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Work continues at the future home of the Sacramento Kings. The venue will be ready for the Paul McCartney show on October 4.
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Sacramento Kings

Kings host Spurs in home opener at Golden 1 Center

By Jason Jones

jejones@sacbee.com

August 11, 2016 03:11 PM

The Kings’ first regular-season game at Golden 1 Center will be Oct. 27 when they host the San Antonio Spurs.

The Kings open the 2016-17 season on the road, Oct. 26 at Phoenix.

One noticeable change for games at Golden 1 Center will be a later start time, 7:30 p.m. instead of 7 p.m., aimed at giving fans more time to arrive at the new downtown arena and possibly avoid departing state workers.

The Kings will be on national TV 11 times in 2016-17, including nine on NBA TV. The Kings’ Nov. 10 game against the Lakers will be on TNT and their Nov. 18 game against the Clippers will be on ESPN.

Here are five games you won’t want to miss:

Oct. 27 Kings vs. Spurs: It’s the home opener for the Kings in their new building. And it will be the Spurs’ first trip to Sacramento without Tim Duncan since 1997.

Nov. 10 vs. Lakers: The Kings make their only scheduled appearance on TNT against a hated rival. They won’t have Kobe Bryant to boo, but Kings fans also love to jeer Luke Walton, the Lakers’ new coach and a former Lakers player.

Jan. 8 vs. Warriors: The NBA’s newest superteam makes its first trip of the season to Sacramento. By then, we should know if the four All-Stars – Stephen Curry, Kevin Durant, Draymond Green and Klay Thompson – have figured out how to share the ball.

Jan. 13 vs. Cavaliers: The defending NBA champions make their only appearance at Golden 1. LeBron James proved he is the league’s best player with his performance in the NBA Finals.

Jan. 20 at Grizzlies: New Kings coach Dave Joerger makes his return to Memphis, where he won a lot of games but perhaps not the hearts of fans, players and management because his pursuit of different jobs.

New technology will make downtown garage use easier for arena attendees. Nine-second transaction times expected, instead of thirty to sixty seconds at the former Sleep Train Arena. Matt Eierman, city parking chief, explains.

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