Golden 1 Center is an indoor arena located in downtown Sacramento, California. It opened in 2016 and replaced the ARCO Arena as the home of the Sacramento Kings of the NBA. The seating capacity of Golden 1 Center for basketball games is 17,608. For concerts, the capacity is expandable to about 19,000.

Golden 1 Center sits less than a mile from California’s first thriving business district and is part of a business and entertainment district called Downtown Commons (DoCo), which includes a $250 million 16-story mixed-use tower. The arena is designed to be flexible and sustainable, with innovative technology that facilitates a venue ecosystem that anticipates and responds to fans’ needs on a hyper-individualized basis.

Golden 1 Center offers a variety of food vendors including Centro Cocina Mexicana, which serves flautas, quesadillas, and beef tacos; El Jefe, which serves burrito bowls; Paragary’s, which serves wood-fired pizza; and Sweet Bird, which serves chicken and waffle sandwiches.

Sacramento Kings Golden 1 Arena

How to Get to Sacramento

The nearest airport to Golden 1 Center is Sacramento International Airport (SMF). It is located about 11 miles away from the venue. with Stockton Metropolitan Airport (SCK) approximately 55 miles away. Unfortunately, there are no direct flights between the UK and Sacramento so a lay-over would be required.

If you’re already in the US and looking to travel to/from Sacramento, then you have the choice of most US domestic airlines including Air Canada, Alaska Airlines, American Airlines, American Eagle, Frontier Airlines, Jet Blue, Southwest Airlines, Spirit Airlines, United Airways and WestJet.

Public Transport

There are several public transportation options available around Golden 1 Center. The Sacramento Regional Transit District (SacRT) operates bus and light rail services that have routes passing near Golden 1 Center. Some of the bus lines that stop near Golden 1 Center are 30, 38, 42B, 51, 62 and 88. The light rail lines that stop near the Golden 1 Center are the Blue line, the nearest stop is 8th & K Station (NB) or the Gold line, the nearest stop is 7th & Capitol Station (SB), both of which are a 9 min walk away.

Staying in Sacramento

Golden 1 Center is in Downtown Sacramento, which is a historic neighbourhood that travellers enjoy for top attractions such as the great entertainment and museums. Popular neighbourhoods to stay when visiting Golden 1 Center include Downtown Sacramento and nearby areas such as Midtown Sacramento.

There are several hotels within a mile of the Golden 1 Center including the Kimpton Sawyer Hotel, Vagabond Inn Executive, Embassy Suites by Hilton Sacramento Riverfront Promenade, Hyatt Regency Sacramento, and The Citizen Hotel. There is also the Airbnb and Sonder options so it is easy to find hotels nearby to suit all budgets.

Sacramento Kings Tickets

The Sacramento Kings sell their tickets via Ticketmaster.

The official ticket partner for the NBA is

Here are links to the main ticket resale sites. Click on the link, which will open up a new window, and you can compare the prices on the different ticket resell sites, bearing in mind that the prices shown are before the selling platform fees are added, so take time to have a read of my tips to Buying Tickets in North America.

I recommend downloading the team’s Mobile App to your phone as it contains much Gameday information for the stadium.

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