Next season, the Kings are moving into a new arena in downtown Sacramento, a state of the art building.
For the team’s six “Friday night flashback” games the rest of this season — plus the final contest — the team will play on a retro court designed to look almost exactly like the court at the Arco Arena when the team first moved to Sacramento in 1985. The court will have the Kings logo at center court, the original baby blue framing, and the “SACRAMENTO” on the baseline will be in the original font.
“Our final season at Sleep Train Arena has been filled with opportunities to look back at our rich history,” said Kings President Chris Granger in a statement. “This court is a special way to salute all of the fans, players and coaches who have helped us build toward a proud future in Sacramento.”
While there is always nostalgia, nobody is going to miss Arco/Sleep Train that much, it’s one of the more outdated buildings in the league. Plus the new arena looks fantastic. But I love this idea to celebrate the old look on the way out. Those baby blue uniforms are some of my favorite throwbacks.