They’re putting a piglet sculpture in front of the new Sacramento Kings arena. Why not a 52-foot-tall cowbell on top of it?
The Kings announced Wednesday they’ll install a six-ton cowbell on the roof of the new arena at Downtown Plaza, made of “locally-sourced, recycled cowbells” and lit by a solar-powered generator. It will be inscribed with the names of “prominent local cows throughout Sacramento history,” the team added.
Yes, it was an April Fools’ Day joke.
The team issued a joke press release paying tribute to the fan tradition of ringing cowbells at Kings games. It included this comment from Chairman Vivek Ranadive: “No symbol is as revered or immediately recognizable to a fan base.”
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The prank came just a few weeks after the Kings endured a controversy over a real piece of public art planned for the arena: the 18-foot sculpture by renowned artist Jeff Koons on the plaza in front of the new building. Last month the City Council approved a contract to purchase the $8 million sculpture, based on the Piglet character from the Winnie-the-Pooh stories, despite protests from Sacramento artists and others. The Kings owners are contributing $5.5 million of the cost.
Not to be outdone, Sacramento Republic FC announced it will add another 400 seats to Bonney Field by letting fans sit on the water slide towers at Raging Waters and in the Cal Expo monorail.
The “luxury water slide suites” will include noodle pool toys and waterproof big-screen TV’s. The monorail will move during games, giving soccer fans “a constantly changing atmosphere,” team president Warren Smith said in the mock press release.
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