The farewell to the Sacramento Kings at Sleep Train Arena will begin Saturday afternoon.
The NBA team will end its 28-year run at the arena in North Natomas with a game vs. the Oklahoma Thunder at 7:30 p.m. But the special festivities will commence hours before.
The Kings are hosting a special Fan Zone from 4 to 7 p.m. at Parking Lot H in front of the box office. Kings fans without tickets to the game can also take part in the parking lot celebration. Parking is $12. There will be a beer garden, interactive games, appearances by Kings legends and Kings giveaways during the pregame fest.
As many as 50 former players will attend the finale – along with other notables – to say goodbye to the old arena.
According to the Facebook page Sacramento Kings Kingdom, fans are organizing a final tailgate party in Lot J.
“Sleep Train Arena, or Arco, is such a special place for our fans and our community, that we simply want to give it the moment it deserves – legends, highlights, special guests and a few surprises,” Chris Granger, the team’s president and chief operating officer, told The Bee earlier this week.
Inside the arena, celebrations will include on-court photo opportunities, a commemorate ticket, a complimentary limited T-shirt and postgame program.
In fall, the team will play in the new $519 million Golden 1 Center downtown. It will feature ultra-fast Wi-Fi and the NBA’s largest video scoreboard.