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Sacramento Kings Fans Flock To Golden 1 Center For Home Opener

Andrew Nixon / Capital Public Radio

Andrew Nixon / Capital Public Radio

The Sacramento Kings played the home opener at Golden 1 Center Thursday as fans turned out in force to support their home team and experience the new arena for the first time.

Sean Farrel was among the purple-clad fans who said he was thrilled to celebrate the new home of his favorite National Basketball Association team. 

"So far it's been wonderful, I'm really surprised about everything," Farrel says. "I'm loving the selection of food. The seats — I love how they sit up above everyone else so you get a really good view of the arena, the court."


The Sacramento Kings hosted the San Antonio Spurs Thursday for the team's home opener. Andrew Nixon / Capital Public Radio

Daniel Fuchino is one Kings superfan who arrived decked out in a custom-made costume with shoes and a cape that light up, a crown, gold sunglasses and gold chains.

He also came to enjoy the variety of local food and craft beer before the game.

"You know what, I've tried most of them and I dont' have a favorite because they're all good," Fuchino says.


Daniel Fuchino attended the Sacramento Kings home opener game wearing a custom-made cape. Andrew Nixon / Capital Public Radio

The Kings lost to the San Antonio Spurs, but the Golden 1 Center was a big winner with fans.

For fans, some were still emotional about how close the franchise was to moving to Seattle before Vivek Ranadive bought the team in 2013 and reached a deal to build the arena.

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Cody Drabble

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Cody Drabble learned to love public radio growing up in San Francisco with KQED on every morning during breakfast. When Drabble isn't at Capital Public Radio or on assignment for the SN&R, he spends his time hiking with his schipperke.  Read Full Bio 

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