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.