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!
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.
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.
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.
Pro Rugby: Sacramento vs San Francisco
Rugby is one sport I’ve never had a chance to get into. Luckily for me, Sacramento now has its own rugby squad!
Sacramento River Cats vs Las Vegas 51s (Greek Life Night)
I may not have been in a fraternity, but I can’t turn down baseball and $2 beer.
Republic FC vs Orange County Blues FC
Watch Sacramento’s beloved soccer team take on a rival from down south.
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.