A New Kings Era Kicks Off – In Sacramento

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It’s the Sacramento season that almost never happened.

“I feel like I’m so excited I want to jumping jacks. I can’t wait to get out there. Great day for Sacramento,” said Mayor Kevin Johnson.

And while the Kings are back, home is a little different than it has been.

“You want to help get the new arena built downtown?” goes the new greeting from petition takers out in front of Sleep Train.

They’re asking folks to sign petitions supporting a new arena downtown, opposing the effort to put public funding for that arena up to a citywide vote.

But don’t expect everything to be different.

“I’m not expecting them to make the playoffs, but if they do it’s a bonus,” said Ryan McClinton.

And if they don’t there’s something you can do about that too.


Sleep Train Arena has pledged to offer more farm to fork food this year and more local craft beers. Of course, if you don’t want to wait in line for one of those, season-ticket holders get their own line at some concession stands.

“So are you a little bitter at those people right now?” we had to ask a particularly thirsty patron named Savanna.

“No, I just want to be friends with them. They’re having a good time,” she said.

But if you do get stuck in a line, the Kings new ownership says they’ve improved Wi-Fi and cell service inside sleep train, too, so you’ve got something to do.

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