Basketball season is officially in full swing here in Sacramento, and you aren’t going to want to miss seeing the “Beam Team” in action this year. From figuring out how to get to Golden 1 Center to finding a bite to eat near the arena, here’s your guide to making your Sacramento Kings game experience a slam dunk.


Kings Caddie

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Have a Kings-Themed Cocktail

There’s no better way to get ready for a Kings game than enjoying a Kings-themed cocktail. Revival at the Kimpton Sawyer is offering NBA specialty cocktails during basketball season, including the Kings Dream with roasted orange-infused gin and the Kings Caddie with butterfly pea tea-infused tequila. If champagne is more your fancy, Fizz Champagne & Bubbles Bar in DOCO is also offering a purple beam-themed “FIZZtail” to cheer on the Sacramento Kings. Kings fans can even enjoy the specialty drink for $2 off every time the Kings light the beam.


Sauced BBQ & SpiritsImage Courtesy of: KJ 2 Productions

Grab a Bite to Eat Before the Big Game

You don’t have to worry about getting hungry during a game when you’re in America’s Farm-to-Fork Capital. Head over to DOCO before going to a Kings game to enjoy southern barbeque at Sauced BBQ & Spirits, or delicious food and craft cocktails at Punch Bowl Social. If you’re running late for the game, not to worry. Whether you’re in the mood for tacos, wood-fired pizza, or a bier hall sausage, there are plenty of delicious local restaurants to eat at inside Golden 1 Center.


Golden 1 Center Exterior at Night with Kings logo

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Get in the Spirit with Some New Kings Gear

Nothing screams “GO KINGS” like getting all dressed up in purple. Whether you don’t have any gear or are looking to sport something new at the game, swing by the Sacramento Kings Team Store in DOCO to grab some last-minute gear for the game. From jerseys, hats, hoodies, tees and other collectible items, the Sacramento Kings Team Store has something for every fan.


Coin Op Game Room Sacramento

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Explore Sacramento Nightlife After the Game

The fun doesn’t have to stop once the buzzer goes off. Keep the night going by checking out some of Sacramento’s nightlife spots. From Darling Aviary and Coin-Op Game Room on K Street, to Goldfield Trading Post and Republic Bar and Grill in Midtown, there are plenty of happening spots near Golden 1 Center.


Regional Transit Bus - Tower Bridge

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Getting There

From Folsom (Hwy. 50):

  • Merge onto US-50W
  • Merge onto I-5 N
  • Take the J Street exit toward Downtown

From Elk Grove (Hwy. 99):

  • From Hwy. 99, merge onto US-50W
  • Merge onto I-5 N
  • Take the J Street exit toward Downtown

From Roseville (I-80 W):

  • Merge onto I-80 W
  • Continue on Capital City Fwy.
  • Take the J Street exit toward Downtown

From Davis (I-80 E):

  • Merge onto I-80 E
  • Merge onto I-5 N toward Redding
  • Take the J Street exit toward Downtown

From Natomas (I-5 S):

  • Merge onto I-5 S
  • Take the J Street exit toward Downtown

Take advantage of the SacRT light rail as there are multiple light rail stations conveniently located within a block of the arena. For more information about SacRT, check out our guide about using SacRT.


DoCo Night Shot

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Parking at Golden 1 Center

Here are a few parking garages near Golden 1 Center:

  • DOCO West Parking Garage
  • Plaza 555 Garage
  • 520 Capitol Mall Garage

Golden 1 Center encourages fans to use the SacPark website to find and reserve parking ahead of time.