SACRAMENTO, Calif. (KTXL) – Welcoming back fans in person is a milestone Golden One Center is marking on April 20.
Everyone will use a digital ticket to access the stadium for contactless security and entry. They’ll also have to verify they’ve been fully vaccinated or have a negative COVID-19 test.
Masks will be required for anyone over age two.
“We spent the last year really preparing for this moment,” said John Rinehart, president of business operations for the Sacramento Kings.
The first game with an audience will be reserved for frontline workers.
“To really just thank them for what they’ve done for us during the pandemic,” Rinehart said.
Those fans will sit next to these paper cutouts, representing physical distancing.
For more than the 17,000 capacity limit, only 1,600 tickets will be available for the initial games.
There will also be another major difference.
“There’s no eating in the stands while you’re seated, but we will have a lot of great food and beverage options where fans can order from their mobile device, pick it up at a stand, and we have multiple places on the concourse — even out on the plaza — where people can eat their food,” Rinehart said.
The Kings are trying to navigate NBA and state guidelines, but they say when they get the green light for fully reopen, they’re ready.
Tickets for games open to the public went on sale Friday at 10 a.m.