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Farewell festivities for Kings at Sleep Train Arena to begin early

Kevin Durant on playing last game at Sleep Train Arena

Kevin Durant talks about his memories playing at Sleep Train Arena before the last game played at the arena Saturday.
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Kevin Durant talks about his memories playing at Sleep Train Arena before the last game played at the arena Saturday.

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.

NBA stars Kobe Bryant, LeBron James, Klay Thompson, Ryan Anderson, Doug Christie and Willie Cauley-Stein share their memories of the arena formerly known as Arco.

Mike Bibby visited Sleep Train Arena Tuesday night for his bobble head night and reminisces about fond times with Kings.

Thomas sold controlling interest to Maloof family in 1999, but not before signing off on contracts for coach Rick Adelman, free agent Vlade Divac and approving the trade that sent Mitch Richmond to Washington for Chris Webber.

Arco Arena, which has had other names since it was erected to be home of the Sacramento Kings, has been a focal point for big events in Sacramento since 1988. With the Kings moving into the new downtown Golden 1 Center next fall, the fate of their

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