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The flag unfurls for the National Anthem for the official first time at Golden 1 Center Thursday night.
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At Shiny New Golden 1 Center, the Kings Opener is a Night to Celebrate

A steady rain or a loss at the hands of the San Antonio Spurs couldn’t spoil the Sacramento King‘s opener at the NBA’s newest arena Thursday night.

The Kings, coming off an impressive season-opening road win against Phoenix the night before, may have ended up dropping a tough one to one of the league’s best teams 102-94, but that didn’t stop the party atmosphere in and around Golden 1 Center from dominating the historic evening.

The vibe around the arena was festive and electric; music played and people crowded nearby bars and restaurants. There seemed to be a steady line of Kings fans marching up K and L streets towards the shiny new Golden 1 Center and it’s inviting doors. It may have been just one of 41 games at the shiny new palace this season, but it definitely had the feel that this was one to remember.

The Kings marching band plays int the rain outside Golden 1 Center.
The Kings Drumline plays int the rain outside Golden 1 Center.
The crowd entering Golden 1 Center off 7th Street waited patiently in the rain.
The crowd entering Golden 1 Center off 7th Street waited patiently in the rain.
The Kings' scoreboard welcomes the crowd Thursday night
The Kings’ scoreboard welcomes the crowd Thursday night
Slamson rallies the crowd
Slamson rallies the crowd
The sellout crowd on opening night from the top bowl at Golden 1 Center.
The sellout crowd on opening night from the top bowl at Golden 1 Center.

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Steve Martarano

Steve Martarano

A resident of Sacramento since graduating with a journalism degree from the University of Nevada, Reno, Steve spent the 1980s at The Sacramento Union, working as a sports writer, music reviewer and crime reporter, among other assignments. He's spent the last 25+ years working in government public affairs for both state and federal agencies and currently is with the U.S. Fish and Wildlife Service's Bay-Delta office in Sacramento. He has shot just about every local sports team for the Sacramento Press, including local colleges, the Sacramento River Cats and Sacramento Republic FC. He resides in Curtis Park with his wife Sharon.

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