Golden 1 Center Details
Located in Sacramento, the Golden 1 Center is the home of the Sacramento Kings of the NBA, and has been in existence since 2016, as a part of owner Vivek Ranadive's purchase of the team and push to keep them in town. Construction on the arena began in 2014, with the venue being located on a street that the team decided to name after former NBA commissioner David Stern, as a sign of the team's appreciation for him helping to keep the team in Sacramento.
On the court, the Golden 1 Center has seen some of the better players in recent Sacramento Kings history since the arena opened. For a period of time, Kings fans were able to see Demarcus Cousins and Willie Cauley-Stein in the same frontcourt, before Cousins was traded to the New Orleans Pelicans.
In the seasons that the Golden 1 Center has been open, the venue has also hosted some marquee college basketball action, when it hosted first and second round games in the 2017 NCAA Tournament. In that event, the Golden 1 Center hosted games featuring the Oregon Ducks, who reached the Final Four after narrowly escaping Rhode Island in the second round, as well as Lonzo Ball and the UCLA Bruins.
When it comes to non-sporting events, the Golden 1 Center is quickly building an impressive resume as well, as the arena has seen performances from some of the biggest names in music from the past and present. The first concert in the history of the Golden 1 Center was by Paul McCartney, who did a two day show at the venue. Since then, artists ranging from Kendrick Lamar to the Trans-Siberian Orchestra have all performed there.
Where are the best places to sit at Golden 1 Center?
The 100 level seats at the Golden 1 Center are definitely the best seats in the house if you are looking to watch the Kings or any other event from up close, but fans looking for a better value will find that seats in the 200 level offer a good view of the action without having to break the bank. This is especially true of the seating on the sidelines and corner of the arena in the 200 level.
Golden 1 Center tips and tricks
For Sacramento Kings games, the Golden 1 Center opens an hour and a half before tip-off, with the venue opening an hour ahead of time for most other events. Getting to the game 90 minutes early is great when watching a young team like the Kings, as you get to see a lot of drills and other things that more veteran players don't always do before the start of a game.
Golden 1 Center club areas
With four different exclusive club areas, the Kings have a number of different exclusive options to choose from. The Rush and Assembly areas are for club members in the 100 level seats as well as courtside club members, the Lexus Lounge is for courtside club members only, and the boardroom is exclusive to select owners and platinum members. These areas feature beautiful exclusive bars and lounges that provide an upscale experience for fans who belong to these areas.
Golden 1 Center Solar Energy
Golden 1 Center's commitment to renewable energy is unique, with the arena having a solar array on its roof, and supplementing its power with energy generated from a nearby solar facility.