Yep, I was just a kid when my Dad took me to my first Kings game during their very first season here in Sac. I'm going to the game tonight, and it makes me a little sad to think that it may be the last Kings game I ever see here in Sac.
A few fun things to notice from this ticket from 25 years ago. First off, check out the price! Only 6 bucks. Now there's a bargain. Granted, I think Dad and I were in almost the very top row of the entire arena, but when you're a kid, you don't care! Also notice the BASS logo. Before Ticketmaster became the ticket selling monopoly they are today, BASS Tickets was one of the other ticket companies. I'm not sure how long they stuck around, but I had forgotten all about them until I saw this ticket again. Another intersting face is the opponent I watched the Kings play against in that first game has changed their name since 1986. Back then, they went by the Washington Bullets. Evidently there was some problem with bullets having a negative connotation, haha! They are now the Wizards of course. Also, if you know your Kings basketball, you'll realize that this game wasn't played in the Arco Arena we know today (which is of course now named after the stupid bracelet with the supposed magical powers). No, the Kings played their first 3 seasons in the "old" Arco Arena. The old building is still there on North Market Street, just up the road from where we watch the games now. These days it has been converted into some sort of a business center or something. Driving by it today it's hard to imagine that professional basketball could have possibly been played inside there, because it looks like just any other business park complex. It's certainly nowehere near the size of today's newer arenas, but that's where this city first fell in love with the team in purple and black, or should I say powder blue!