The Sacramento Kings can trace their history back to the NBA’s inaugural season in 1949. Success came nearly immediately for the then-Rochester Royals. In the NBA’s second season the Royals won the NBA championship. The Kings franchise has been one of runs. After making the playoffs each of its first six seasons, Rochester played postseason basketball just once in its next six seasons—never recording a winning record. By that time in Cincinnati, the Royals followed that six-year swoon with six more years in the playoffs, led by future Hall-of-Famer Oscar Robertson. The next slump for the Royals was eleven seasons long, including as many playoff appearances as relocations, as the franchise moved to Kansas City and adopted the nickname Kings. Over the next two decades the Kings continued to be an up-and-down franchise, and eventually moved to Sacramento. The most recent run of success for the franchise started in the late 1990s and lasted eight seasons. Though they never reached the NBA Finals, Kings teams led by Chris Webber, Peja Stojakovic, Mike Bibby and Vlade Divac made eight straight playoff appearances. The Kings have retired nine numbers through the franchise’s history. Score with TicketCity - the place to go for Sacramento Kings basketball tickets.
2016 Kings Season Preview
The Sacramento Kings come into the 2015-16 season with as much optimism as they have had in years. The Kings were able to draft highly touted forward Willie Cauley-Stein, and were able to sign veteran point guard Rajon Rondo. The Kings also picked up experienced swingman Caron Butler, as well as prospect Seth Curry to give Sacramento the most depth that they have had in years. DeMarcus Cousins should benefit instantly from the pass first play of Rajon Rondo, and the Kings go from basement dweller in the Western Conference to possible playoff contender in a single season. The biggest question for the 2015-16 Sacramento Kings will be if they can come together as a team. With so many new pieces, it may take some time for the Kings to begin to click on all cylinders. Look for the Sacramento Kings to be greatly improved in 2015-16.
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Sacramento Kings Basketball at Sleep Train Arena Address: 1 Sports Pkwy, Sacramento, California, 95834
The Kings play their home games at Sleep Train Arena, located in Sacramento, California. When filled to capacity, Sleep Train Arena holds more than 17 thousand screaming Kings fans. One of the loudest arenas in the NBA due to hardwood floors, fans are entertained during stoppages in play by Slamson, the Kings’ enthusiastic lion mascot. The Sacramento Kings home bench is on the Sleep Train Arena court side in front of section 116. Sleep Train Arena parking information is covered in our Kings event guide.
Kings vs. Warriors
With the Kings and the Warriors separated by under 90 miles, bragging rights between the two organizations and the fan bases is always on the line. This rivalry will only heighten as both teams continue to improve on the basketball court. Regardless of the record, the intensity level is always high when the Kings and the Warriors meet.
Kings vs. Lakers
As state rivals, the hostility is always high when the Kings and the Lakers meet up. This rivalry heated up in the late 1990s and reached its peak when Sacramento and Los Angeles met in the 2002 Western Conference Finals. During that span, the two teams met in the postseason in three straight seasons making this one of the best rivalries in the league at the time.
Kings in the NBA Finals, Western Conference Championships and NBA Playoffs
The Kings organization has had success over the years as they have won an NBA title to go along with a Western Conference championship. Since moving to Sacramento, the Kings are still searching for their first title, but they have won multiple division titles over the years. The franchise had the most success in the early 2000s as they were always fighting for a Western Conference championship.
Sacramento Kings Event Guide
What time do gates open prior to tipoff at a Kings game?
All doors open 1 hour before tipoff. Sacramento is a one-team town and is passionate about their Kings. We recommend getting to the game early to enjoy as much time in the arena as possible.
Where are good places to eat before a Kings game?
Players Sports Pub & Grill and Bisla’s are two of the best sports bars in town and are usually packed with Kings fans. If you are looking for higher end dining that is incredibly convenient, try Skyline Restaurant. It is located inside Sleep Train Arena, and is one of the best fine dining places in the area. For burger lovers you have to try Squeeze Inn. This award winning burger joint is reasonably priced and frequented by food critics everywhere. Other good places are Fanny Anns, and Sals Tacos.
Where is the best place to park at a Kings game?
There are 9 lots surrounding the southern half of the arena. Half of the lots are reserved for preferred parking and require a parking pass. The other lots are available to the general public and usually cost around $10. We recommend getting to the arena early and looking at the southeastern corner of the arena as that is where the largest lot is located.
Does my child need a ticket to go to a Kings game?
If your child is 2 years old or older they will require a ticket to enter Sleep Train Arena. If your child is under 2 years old they will be allowed to sit on a guardians lap for the game. It is best to bring proof of your child’s age to the gate to ensure that they are allowed to enter.