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Sacramento Kings Plan Party For Sleep Train Arena

Bob Moffitt / Capital Public Radio
 

Bob Moffitt / Capital Public Radio

The Sacramento Kings will bid farewell to Sleep Train Arena Saturday with a fan fest before the final home game of the season and with a ceremony after the game.

Chris Granger is the Kings' President. He says the fan fest will start at 4 p.m. with a chance for 120 kids to play basketball with former Kings players.

"The party will then continue through the game and post game," he says. "We'll bring everyone down to the court take pictures shoot free throws. Really, the Sleep Train Arena has a special place in everyone's heart that we just want to extend the day, give everyone a nice chance to interact with our old coaches old legends old Monarchs."

The Monarchs of the WNBA won the only championship for Sacramento in Sleep Train's history.

Sleep Train was built in 1988 and is the fourth-oldest and second-smallest arena in the NBA.

Granger says it also holds a lot of memories.

"So many people have grown up in this building whether it be Kings games or concerts or graduations," he says. "The building holds a special place in the collective heart of Sacramento that the building deserves its moment. I think we're all excited about what's next and going downtown, but for one more time at least, we're going to make everyone cheer and maybe shed a tear or two for Sleep Train Arena."

The Golden 1 Center will open downtown this fall.