You can’t build a great home without a strong foundation. With a fresh lineup and a new home in the works, the Sacramento Kings and their fans prepare a season-long goodbye to Sleep Train Arena.
Sports have always been a huge part of my life. While most people think of seasons as “fall” and “summer”, to me, they will always be the months to watch endless amounts of basketball and baseball. This new recurring blog will feature the sports and athletic events that I’m most eager to attend. I love covering all sorts of events for Sacramento365.com, but I’ve always wanted to spend more time covering the sports world and with Sports365 I’ve got the chance! These blogs will showcase the upcoming event I am most looking forward to; plus, give you a short list of events other sports fanatics should check out.
Sacramento Kings Home Opener Wed (10/28):
Sacramento’s sports passion shines brightest for local luminaries, the Sacramento Kings. As we all know the Kings are moving to a new home next year (not Seattle thankfully, just to the new Golden 1 Center). The final season opener at Sleep Train Arena will take place this Wednesday against the Los Angeles Clippers. This will be your chance to support Sacramento royalty and honor the court they reigned supreme on for so long.
The Kings have had some mercurial changes over the past few years — one of them being Vlade Divac taking the reins as general manager and rebuilding the bench on the fly in hopes of bringing playoff basketball back to Sacramento. At first, analysts were skeptical of Vlade’s moves, but as the summer went on his moves began to make more and more sense. Off-season acquisitions of Rajon Rondo, Marco Belinelli, Kosta Koufos, Caron Butler, Quincy Acy, and a few smaller parts should help round-out what could be one of the better-starting units in the NBA. This could possibly be the deepest Kings team we’ve seen in a long time and, in theory, should produce better basketball. While we have yet to see the full potential of this new and improved crew, the Kings did offer excitement and a glimpse of their on-court chemistry as they wrapped up their preseason by going 5-1.
The season and home opener against the Los Angeles Clippers will pit two teams against each other who have built up a mountain of salt between themselves. These games always have a feisty nature, which adds to the competitive nature of the game.
The home opener is also a chance to re-live the glory days of Sleep Train, Power Balance, or Arco Arena (whatever you prefer to call it) at the team’s longest home in Sacramento. I’ll always remember Kevin Martin’s game-winning layup against the Spurs and nearly 18,000 people popping balloons while Kobe shot free throws. Of course, I’ll always cherish the memories of going to games with my dad as a kid and splitting a chicken finger basket with him. Golden 1 Center is shaping up to be awesome, but if you want to be a part of history you’ve only got 40 chances this season (the Kings host a home game in Mexico City this year); with the first being on Wednesday.
Here are some other athletic events that will get me to work off some of that Halloween candy!
Community Park (Davis)
Do you think you could survive in a horror movie? Prove it in this spooky scamper.
Down and Dirty Obstacle Race
Folsom Lake State Recreation Area
Too scared to run from zombies and serial killers? Then take the next step by navigating through a series of challenging obstacles.
The Release Candidate Showcase 3.0
Looking for some inspiration to continue working out? Then this “Biggest Loser Style” event for you! Check out the great progress on these fit, dedicated individuals.
Sports365 is about showing off some of the coolest upcoming sports events in the region. Check back in once a month to see what sort of sporty stuff I’m looking forward to. Of course, you can also your own create your own “game plan” using the Sports section of Sacramento365.com. Look for more Sports365 coming to you soon!
***This blog was written by Sacramento365.com’s Content Specialist, Dylan Fisher.