Known as one of the loudest venues in the NBA, Power Balance Pavilion, now called the Sleep Train Arena, has been the home to the Sacramento Kings for more than 15 years. The Kings have one of the longest history’s in the NBA dating back to the 1940s when they played in Rochester, NY and were known as the Royals. Over the next 50 years the team relocated to Cincinnati, Kansas City and finally Sacramento in 1985.
When the Kings moved from Kansas City to Sacramento they played their first three seasons at the old Power Balance Pavilion. Also known as the Sacramento Sports Arena, it was constructed temporarily for the Kings in 1985. With a seating capacity of 13,000 it was not large enough to remain the permanent home of a NBA franchise.
The Sacramento Kings’ home arena is now the Golden 1 Center.
FACTS & FIGURES
-Tenants: Sacramento Kings (NBA)
-Cost: $40 million
-Architect: Ram Haight
-Address: 1 Sports Parkway, Sacramento, CA 95834
-Former Name(s): Arco Arena, Power Balance Pavilion
A new basketball arena was constructed in the northern part of the city for the Kings. The team moved into the new Power Balance Pavilion for the 1988-89 season. Power Balance Pavilion has a seating capacity of just over 17,000 with 412 club seats and 30 luxury seats. The home of the Kings features the Skyline Restaurant, an upscale eatery for fans. Since the beginning of this decade, the Kings have been one of the best teams in the NBA, making it to the playoffs nearly every year.
However, due to the fact the arena lacks many modern amenities and the team has struggled to maintain its season ticket holders, the franchise has sought to have a new arena built. Due to the struggling economy in California the Kings have been unable to secure funding for a new arena in Sacramento. The Kings almost moved to Anaheim for the 2012-13 season.
In March 2011, Arco Arena was renamed Power Balance Pavilion after Power Balance LLC purchased the naming rights for five years.
The arena was renamed to Sleep Train Arena in 2013 after a bed and mattress company based in Rocklin, California.
About the Sacramento Kings
Here are some interesting facts about the Sacramento Kings:
Founding and Early Years: The Sacramento Kings were originally founded as the Rochester Royals in 1945 and played in Rochester, New York for several years before moving to Cincinnati, Ohio and then to Kansas City, Missouri. The team eventually moved to Sacramento, California in 1985.
Name Origins: The team’s name is thought to have originated from the fact that the team was based in Sacramento, which is known as the “City of Trees” and is located near the Sierra Nevada Mountains, known for their abundant Kings Canyon.
Success in the 2000s: In the early 2000s, the Sacramento Kings were one of the most successful teams in the NBA, led by talented players such as Chris Webber, Vlade Divac, and Peja Stojakovic. During this time, the Kings were known for their high-scoring, fast-paced style of play and made several deep playoff runs.
Unique Court Design: The Kings’ home court, Golden 1 Center, is known for its unique court design, which features a striking “Sacremento Kings” wordmark at center court. The court design is also notable for its use of lighter colors, which is intended to create a brighter, more vibrant playing environment.
Kings’ Fans: The Kings have a passionate and dedicated fan base, known as “Kings Faithful.” This group of fans is known for their enthusiastic support of the team and their commitment to the team, even through its ups and downs over the years.
Philanthropy: The Kings organization is known for its philanthropy and community involvement, with the team and its players often participating in local charity events and initiatives. The team is also known for its support of local youth sports programs and its commitment to helping develop the next generation of basketball players in the Sacramento area.
New Arena: In 2016, the Kings opened the Golden 1 Center, which is one of the most technologically advanced and environmentally friendly arenas in the world. The arena features state-of-the-art amenities and is designed to be both energy and water efficient, making it one of the most sustainable sports venues in the world.
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