SACRAMENTO, Calif. (KTXL) — After more than a year, Sacramento King’s fans were allowed inside the Golden 1 Center Tuesday night.
“Happy to be here, having fun, having some drinks with our friends,” frontline worker Maddie Jewett told FOX40. “It feels really good.”
Jewett was one of 1,600 frontline workers who were the first to be welcomed inside for a game.
All attendees had to show proof of vaccination, wear a mask and eat outside.
The game was an emotionally exciting time for them, while the other guests, the Minnesota Timberwolves were emotionally exhausted.
“I think the mood of the players is one of relief. I know there was a lot of anxiety surrounding the team the last few days,” explained Timberwolves head coach Chris Finch.
Before the game, Finch told reporters, not only was the verdict of the Derek Chauvin trial on his player’s minds but being at the epicenter of George Floyd’s death had taken a toll.
“I think it’s been a lot harder than any of them would let you know. It’s something that’s weighing on them every day,” Finch said.
King’s majority owner Vivek Ranadive put out a statement on Twitter after Tuesday’s verdict: