Organization to Honor Franchise’s 100-Year Anniversary Throughout the Season
Team Announces Fan Fest Presented by Dialpad Date, Season Theme Nights, Merchandise Specials and More
Mural Unveiling in Collaboration with Midtown Association, September 16
River Cats Games Celebrating 916 Night and Fan Appreciation, September 16 and 17
DOCO Block Party, September 17
Today, in celebration of 916 Day, the Sacramento Kings announced a variety of experiences for fans to look forward to during the 2023-24 season as the team celebrates 100 years of the franchise and ways to commemorate the 916 weekend.
“This season, we are proud to celebrate our centennial anniversary by reflecting on our rich history, iconic players and moments, and the enduring support of our unwavering fanbase,” said Sacramento Kings President of Business Operations John Rinehart. “We can’t wait to welcome fans back to Golden 1 Center for another thrilling season of Kings basketball.”
Sacramento Kings Celebrate 100-Year Franchise Anniversary: 100 Years of Royalty
As the franchise marks a century since its inception in 1923, the Kings are proud to honor the team’s illustrious past and the exciting path that lies ahead. From the Rochester Royals in 1923 to its current home in Sacramento, the team has left an indelible mark in each city it has called home: Rochester, Cincinnati, Kansas City, Omaha, and Sacramento. Each of these communities played an important role in shaping the franchise's identity.
The newly unveiled 100-year anniversary logo features a dynamic design that incorporates a tribute to each city, symbolized by five jewels gracefully set within the crown. Crafted in collaboration with distinguished graphic designer Todd Radom, this logo encapsulates the essence of the team’s storied journey and will be prominently displayed on team merchandise this season available exclusively at KingsTeamStore.com.
Fan Fest, Open Practice and City Edition Uniform and Court Unveil
On Saturday, October 21, the Kings will host their annual Fan Fest and Open Practice, presented by Dialpad, ahead of the 2023-24 NBA regular season at Golden 1 Center. This event, which tips-off the 100 Years of Royalty celebration, is for fans of all-ages and free to the public, with tickets required for admission. Complimentary tickets can be claimed now at Kings.com/FanFest. Season Ticket Members and Golden 1 Credit Union Members will have early access into the arena at 1 p.m. with doors opening for the general public at 1:30 p.m.
Fans in attendance will be given a first look at the new 2023-24 Nike NBA City Edition Uniform and City Edition Court that recognize the Kings centennial anniversary. Fan Fest will feature an array of engaging activities, interactive experiences and opportunities to connect with current players and fellow fans. The Kings Dancers fueled by ARCO will be on hand, playing games with fans and passing out prizes throughout the concourse and plaza. Fans will have the opportunity to interact with mascots Slamson and Dunkson, personalities Scott “Fresh” Freshour and Scott Moak and broadcasters Kayte Christensen and Kyle Draper and enjoy music courtesy of Kings DJs.
Fans will also have access to a Kids Zone with activities and games, discounts on select Kings apparel, samples of new menu items and 50% off fan favorite foods.
To cap off the exciting event, the full Kings roster and coaching staff will participate in an open practice featuring skills challenges and a rookie talent show.
Additionally, youth ages 6-14 are invited to participate in a Jr. Kings youth basketball clinic at Golden 1 Center, from 8:30 a.m. to 10:30 a.m., to coincide with Fan Fest. Spots are limited and will be available for purchase at Kings.com/JrKings.
2023-24 Season Select Themed Games and Entertainment Experiences
Last month, the Kings announced their full season schedule, which will showcase spectacular entertainment and immersive themed games starting with Opening Night presented by Kaiser Permanente (October 27).
The team will recognize the diversity of the Sacramento region and celebrate various heritage and culture nights throughout the season including Dia de los Muertos presented by Corona (October 29), Native American Heritage presented by Red Hawk Resort + Casino (November 29), Lunar New Year presented by Red Hawk Resort + Casino (February 9), Black History Month powered by SMUD (February 7), Holi (March 25) and Pride Night presented by CGI (March 16). The Kings will honor service members with Salute to Service presented by Crown Royal (November 13), the life and legacy of Martin Luther King Jr. (January 5) and celebrate women during Women’s Empowerment Night powered by SMUD (March 26). To pay homage to Golden 1 Center as the most technologically advanced arena, the team will host Tech Night presented by Dialpad (April 11). Families will also enjoy bringing kids to two Sunday games with Family Day on (January 7) and Slamson’s Birthday (March 10).
The full list of themed games and experiences can be viewed at Kings.com/Promos.
Ways to Celebrate 916 Weekend
Light the Beam Mural in Midtown Unveiled – September 16
In collaboration with the Midtown Association, the Kings will unveil a “Light the Beam Mural” in Midtown. Located at the corner of L street and 30th street, the mural was designed by the Kings creative team and painted by local artist Jeremy Stanger.
River Cats Games and Merchandise Collaboration – September 16 and 17
On Saturday, the River Cats will celebrate the Sacramento community during 916 Night which will include the release of 916 and Sactown merchandise, a big reveal in-game and final postseason fireworks. In addition, the Kings Dancers will be assisting Cat Crew and Dinger during in-game festivities. On Sunday, the River Cats close out their season with a Fan Appreciation Day game. The River Cats will give away prizes every inning, players will be signing autographs before the game, and kids will have the opportunity to run the bases postgame. Tickets are available at RiverCats.com.
DOCO Block Party – September 17
Fans are also invited to partake in the 2023 DOCO Block Party on September 17 from 12 to 4 p.m. The free event, taking place in the open-air plaza, will feature interactive games, Sacramento Kings Team Store specials, community pop-ups, entertaining live music and DJ’s, art activities, a petting zoo, photo opportunities and more.
Opening Night Sweepstakes
Fans can enter the team’s Opening Night Sweepstakes presented by Red Hawk Resort + Casino for a chance to sit courtside as the Kings take on the Golden State Warriors on October 27. One lucky Kings fan will win four courtside seats, lounge access, four jerseys plus a VIP Sacramento Staycation.