More than 17,000 fans filled Sleep Train Arena for a night they are likely to remember forever. The first regular season Kings game under new ownership was a star-studded, victorious celebration.
Holding a microphone at center court before the game, new Kings majority owner Vivek Ranadive told the thunderous crowd, “This is your team. And it’s here to stay.”
After the first quarter, Ranadive was back in center court, this time with Sacramento Mayor Kevin Johnson and NBA Commissioner David Stern. As a thank you for Stern’s support for keeping the team in Sacramento and building a downtown arena in the coming years, the mayor gave him a key to the city and Ranadive presented him with a hard hat.
Other team owners including Shaquille O’Neal were on hand for the game. World famous recording artist, Jay Sean, provided the halftime entertainment. And the Kings did not disappoint, beating the Denver Nuggets 90-88.