The Sacramento Kings announced on Monday that fans will begin returning to Golden 1 Center on April 20th against the Minnesota Timberwolves. The first game with fans will host approximately 1600 front line workers, who will be honored during the game.
We are thrilled to safely welcome fans back to the arena, starting with frontline workers who have sacrificed tremendously throughout this pandemic, said Sacramento Kings Chief Operating Officer Matina Kolokotronis. We have worked closely with state and county public health officials and the NBA to implement comprehensive safety protocols and measures to enable fans to return to Golden 1 Center.
For susequent games, the Kings outlined their current ticket plans:
Single-game tickets for the next three regular-season Kings games, April 21, 26 and 28, at Golden 1 Center will be available via pre-sale opportunities for Season Ticket Members beginning on Wednesday, April 14 at 10 a.m. Any remaining seats will be made available to the general public on Friday, April 16 at 10 a.m. on Kings.com. Tickets for May dates will be made available at a later date.
The Kings also outlined the health and safety protocols that will be in place once fans are back in the building.
Testing, vaccines, and health screening: Prior to entry, fans will need to show proof of vaccination (showing receipt of both doses of the Pfizer or Moderna vaccine at least seven days prior to the event or the Johnson & Johnson vaccine at least 14 days prior to the event) or a negative COVID-19 PCR or Antigen test completed within 72 hours of the event. Fans will then take part in a verbal health screening with a Golden 1 Center Ambassador.
Masks and physical distancing requirements: Masks will be required for guests ages 2+ in seating areas and throughout the arena concourses when not actively eating in the designated eating section. Guests will see increased health and safety measures and signage to promote physical distancing throughout the arena, including at entry points and restrooms. All seating will be arranged in a physically distanced manner and the number of people allowed on elevators at one time will be limited.
Contactless entry and payment: Fans will enter Golden 1 Center via mobile ticketing and contactless entry. All food, beverage and retail kiosks will be cashless and contactless, like the arena's Zippin check-out free convenience store added in September 2019.
Food and beverage: Individually packaged food and beverage will be available for purchase via mobile ordering for pick up at select Local Eats stands on the Plaza Level. Food and beverage may only be consumed in designated areas inside the arena and directly outside the Grand Entrance in the DOCO Plaza.
No bags policy: Bags larger than 8 x 6 x 1 will not be allowed. Medical and infant bags will be permitted.
Enhanced, continuous cleaning and sanitization: Hand sanitizing stations have been installed throughout the facility. Arena staff will increase the frequency of cleaning and sanitation in all areas being used, with an emphasis on commonly used surfaces such as seats, handrails and restrooms. The team has also implemented hospital-grade disinfection technology across high traffic guest, team and employee spaces.
Certifications: In preparation for welcoming fans back to the LEED Platinum arena, Golden 1 Center received both the GBAC STAR Facility Accreditation and WELL Health and Safety Rating. To achieve these gold-standard industry designations, Golden 1 Center demonstrated enhanced strategies in cleaning and sanitization procedures, strengthened air and water quality management, emergency preparedness programs, health service resources, and stakeholder engagement and communications materials.
Although it's still a far cry from a full-capacity Golden 1 Center, it will be fun to have genuine fan reactions during games again. As vaccine rollouts continue and cases continue to trend in a positive direction, hopefully this will be a precursor to a more normal fan experience next season.