Sports365: Saying Goodbye to Sleep Train Arena

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April will be a bittersweet month as Sacramento says farewell to Sleep Train Arena. But while our city bids adieu to the concrete landmark, we have much to celebrate as the Sacramento Republic FC kicks off a new season and the Sacramento River Cats step up to the plate.


Sunny weather means the return of outdoor sports. Catch some Vitamin D with me and check out what I’m most looking forward to this month!

Photo courtesy of the Sacramento Kings

Photo courtesy of the Sacramento Kings

Sacramento Kings vs Oklahoma City Thunder (4/9) at Sleep Train Arena:
Whether you knew it as Sleep Train Arena, Arco Arena, or the Power Balance Pavilion,  the home of the Kings is full of memories. From Peja’s threes to Boogie’s jams, this will be the last chance for Kings fans to relive their favorite moments in the team’s home for the past 28 years. Next year, the crown will be passed to downtown’s Golden 1 Center.

I’ll be there in my lucky shirt and noshing on my lucky meal — chicken tenders and jalapenos. I’ve been attending Kings games since I was seven years old and barely understood the rules of the game; while I have a better idea of what’s going on now, I still feel awestruck every time I enter the Arena’s gates.

Photo courtesy of the Sacramento Kings

Photo courtesy of the Sacramento Kings

One of my favorite Sleep Train traditions is getting there early and watching the arena come to life. After grabbing my snacks and seat, I relish in watching players warm up, hearing the buzz of fellow fans, and seeing the once empty building fill up with thousands of cheerful faces. The hairs on the back literally rise up. By tip-off, I feel like I’ve taken an adrenaline shot directly to the heart.

I know that feeling will be amplified this Saturday when the home squad takes on the Oklahoma City Thunder. Along with an exciting game, you can expect a few (by a few, I mean a few dozen) former Kings to be in attendance; giving you a chance to cheer on both the current squad and your all-time favorite Kings.

Make sure to jump on this chance to see the Kings hold court at Sleep Train this one last time. For more information about the final Sleep Train Arena game, click here.

Take it outside:
Get out of the house and head outside for some fun in the sun! Here are other events that will have you moving this month.

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Sacramento Zoo
April 17
Cruise around Land Park like an animal at this fun run. Be sure to stop by the Zoo after for free admission (for runners only) and a post-race party.

Photo courtesy of the Sacramento Zoo

Photo courtesy of the Sacramento Zoo

Pro Rugby: Sacramento vs San Francisco
Bonney Field
April 17
Rugby is one sport I’ve never had a chance to get into. Luckily for me, Sacramento now has its own rugby squad!

Photo courtesy of Pro Rugby

Photo courtesy of Pro Rugby

Sacramento River Cats vs Las Vegas 51s (Greek Life Night)
Raley Field
April 21
I may not have been in a fraternity, but I can’t turn down baseball and $2 beer.

Photo courtesy of the Sacramento River Cats

Photo courtesy of the Sacramento River Cats

Republic FC vs Orange County Blues FC
Bonney Field
April 30
Watch Sacramento’s beloved soccer team take on a rival from down south.

Photo courtesy of Sacramento Republic FC

Photo courtesy of Sacramento Republic FC

Check back with Sports365 in May to see what activities I am most excited for! If you’d like to plan ahead on your own then head over to the Sports section of Sacramento365.com.

***This blog was written by Sacramento365.com’s Content Specialist, Dylan Fisher.

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Sports365: A New Season

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Spring is in the air and that means it’s safe to be outside again! Celebrate the outdoors by preparing for the return of the River Cats, exploring our surrounding wetlands, and kicking a ball or two!


Winter sports have never been my cup of tea. Sure, if you strap me to a snowboard and push me down a hill I’ll make it to the bottom, but there is no guarantee I’ll be in one piece. That’s why I am extra excited to welcome spring and the return of some of my favorite sports! Celebrate the resurgence of outdoor activity with these fun events.

River Cats Pre-Season Party (3/6) at Raley Field:
The return of spring means you don’t have to wait much longer to get your River Cats fill! Of course, the actual baseball season isn’t until April, but fans of the team can partake in the pre-season party this weekend.

Make sure you stop by Raley Field this Sunday for the ultimate fan experience! If you’ve ever wanted to explore a baseball park free of charge this is your chance. Not sure how you feel about America’s pastime? This event will definitely sway you in the right direction. There are tons of activities that the whole family will love, plus you’ll be able to grab some ballpark treats for free!

Photo courtesy of the River Cats

Photo courtesy of the River Cats

Kids will love the face painters and bounce houses, and of course, everyone’s favorite mascot Dinger will be there hanging out. The ballpark will also be unveiling its Raley Field Gardens, grown by Green Acres! If that isn’t enough action for you, take a swing in the batting cage to help raise some funds for the River Cats Foundation. The On Deck Store will also be open, so you can grab your River Cats swag.

Photo courtesy of the River Cats

Photo courtesy of the River Cats.

Most importantly, the Pre-Season Party will be your first chance to get your hands on River Cats tickets, including the upcoming March 30 exhibition game between the River Cats and the San Francisco Giants!

For more information about the Pre-Season Party, click here.

More events to pounce on:
If you want some more active ways you can celebrate the end of winter,  then check out some of these spry events.

Vernal Pool Critter Walks
Sacramento Splash Education Center
March 6-13
Trek into some local wetlands to check out some local wildlife.

Photo courtesy of Sacramento Splash

Photo courtesy of Sacramento Splash

Super, Super Soccer (CANCELLED)
Gibson Ranch Regional Park
March 13
If regular soccer doesn’t do it for you then this souped-up version definitely will. This game will have two balls on the field at all times, which is sure to stir up some craziness.

Yoga Night
Sacramento State
March 17
If you want a way to break into yoga, then this is the perfect night for you!

Check back with Sports365 in April to see what activities I am most excited for! If you’d like to plan ahead on your own then head over to the Sports section of Sacramento365.com.

***This blog was written by Sacramento365.com’s Content Specialist, Dylan Fisher.

Top 6 Sneak Peek: Week of 4/6

This Week: Time to Get Active

Taste_For_The_CureTaste for a Cure
Hyatt Regency Sacramento
April 7
Tues 4pm-7pm
Sample the region’s best food, wine and beer to help fight against leukemia and lymphoma.

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Raley Field
April 9
Thurs 7:05pm
Baseball season is back! See the new SF Giants Triple A affiliate take on the Salt Lake Bees.

Cirque_Du_SoleilVarekai by Cirque du Soleil
Sleep Train Arena
April 9-12
Thurs 7:30pm; Fri & Sat 4pm & 7:30pm
Sun 1:30pm & 5pm

Cirque du Soleil acrobats will take you to a magical forest where everything is possible.

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Standing Next to Greatness

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Loyal fans (myself included) bore witness to the San Francisco Giants’ 2010, 2012 and 2014 World Series trophies.

Yesterday was a great day to be a baseball fan in Sacramento! Raley Field hosted the S.F. Giants Commissioner’s Trophy Tour and for two hours loyal fans had a chance to pose with the glimmering mementos of the Giants’ most recent World Series wins. As of last year, the Sacramento River Cats are an affiliate of the winning MLB team; this new connection drew masses of local fans (myself included) to this potentially once-in-a-lifetime opportunity (Who would pass up seeing greatness up close?). While the Trophy Tour has come and gone, this viewing event was one for the record books.

The buzz around Raley Field was electrifying; just walking around the sea of orange and black and hearing the cheers of “Let’s Go Giants” was enough to raise goose bumps. Approaching the gate, visions of Travis Ishikawa’s walk-off home run and Pablo’s final, game-clinching catch as a Giant crept into my mind. The frenzy continued inside the ball park as the line snaked its way onto the field and the trophies came into view. When I finally made it up to the trophies I was awestruck; never did I think that I would be so inspired by three statues of sterling silver. My moment with the trophies was cut shorter than I would’ve liked, but necessary to leave enough time for the hundreds of ravenous fans behind me to have their chance.

Thankfully, Sacramento doesn’t have to wait too much longer for our own local baseball action. The Sacramento River Cats 2015 season starts April 9 at Raley Field. Hopefully the Giants’ even-year magic continues in 2016…though I wouldn’t mind getting a chance to see four trophies again next year!

***Blog post written by Sacramento365.com’s Content Specialist Dylan Fisher.

Fun Things To Do This Father’s Day Weekend

KONICA MINOLTA DIGITAL CAMERAFather’s Day is this Sunday. Still looking for ways to celebrate and thank the special men in your life? Ditch the socks and make lasting memories! Sacramento365.com has curated a variety of local dad-friendly outings in the region to help you make this weekend one to remember.

Venure Out with Your Pops:
2014 Cajun and Blues Festival

Delta Boat Storage (Isleton); Sat & Sun 10am-7pm
Head down to Isleton and hear Cajun, blues, zydeco, twang and rock n’ roll music. You can also chow down on delicious Bayou cuisine and see classic cars down in the Delta.

Superheroes 5K
Capitol Mall Greens; Sun 8:05am
You’ve always knew your pop had superpowers. Let him show them off this Sunday at this caped crusader-themed race through downtown Sacramento.

Sacramento River Cats vs. Iowa Cubs
Raley Field; Sun 1:05pm
Have a Sunday Funday at the ballpark! Before the game, get a player’s autograph and checkout Dreams and Drivers sweet rides. After the game, kids (and their dads) can run the bases.

Take a Ride with Dad:
Father’s Day Weekend Diesel Days
CA State Railroad Museum; Sat & Sun 11am-5pm

View rarely seen Southern Pacific road switchers and hop on diesel locomotives all weekend long for this special Diesel Day.

Classic Car Rides
California Auto Museum; Sun 11am-3pm
Daddios can enjoy free admission to the museum, take a ride in classics and inspect what’s under the hood of exhibit cars this special Sunday.

Hornblower’s Father’s Day River Cruise
L Street Dock; Sun Noon, 1:30pm, 3pm & 4:30pm
Get on board the Capitol Hornblower and spend some quality time on the Sacramento River with a dad this Father’s Day.

Feast with a Father:
BBQ & Brews Summer Series Kick-Off
Mama Kim Eats; Fri 5pm-10pm
Celebrate Father’s Day early! Chef Brad and crew will be throwing down the love with BBQ oysters, wild salmon tacos, baby back ribs, smoked brisket, finger lickin’ chicken, and much more goodness for dads to chew on!

Father’s Day Brunch
Hyatt Regency Sacramento; Sun 11am-2pm
Fathers can feast on breakfast selections, a seafood display, artisan salumi and cheeses and more in downtown.

For even more ways to celebrate dad, visit the Sacramento365.com’s Holiday Events page.

*This blog post was written by Sacramento365.com’s Content & Social Media Coordinator, Jamila B. Khan.

Sac365’s Top 10 Events: Week of July 22

Dogs can parade around the field prior to the River Cats game this Wednesday, July 24.

Dogs can parade around the field prior to the River Cats game this Wednesday, July 24.

Bring your dog to a River Cats game, see the hilarious Some Like it Hot in musical theatre form at Sugar at the Music Circus, watch films and drink beer at the Clips Beer & Film Tour, and re-live the ’90s when Cherry Poppin’ Daddies play at Assembly.

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