Kings to Open 2013-14 Season at Home
SACRAMENTO, CA ---- The Sacramento Kings will begin the 2013-14 regular season with a Blackout Home Opener when they play host to the Denver Nuggets on Wednesday, Oct. 30, marking just the second instance in the last 10 seasons in which the Kings will commence a season in Sacramento. The team's schedule features eight of the first 10 contests at Sleep Train Arena, including outings versus the L.A. Clippers (Friday, Nov. 1), Atlanta Hawks (Tuesday, Nov. 5) and Brooklyn Nets (Wednesday, Nov. 13).
Sacramento will be featured on national TV six times during the 2013-14 campaign, including an ESPN broadcast originating from Sleep Train Arena when the Kings take on the Detroit Pistons on Friday, Nov. 15. The team also makes five appearances on NBA TV, highlighted by three outings from Sleep Train Arena, including a contest against the Cleveland Cavaliers on Sunday, Jan. 12 and a pair of tilts versus the New Orleans Hornets on Monday, Dec. 23 and again on Monday, March 3. Sacramento also plays to a national audience on the road when they battle the Portland Trail Blazers on Friday, Nov. 8 from the Rose Garden and at Madison Square Garden versus the New York Knicks on Wednesday, Feb. 12.
In addition to the abovementioned contests during Sacramento's opening home stand, notable teams making early-season appearances at Sleep Train Arena include the Golden State Warriors (Sunday, Dec. 1), Oklahoma City Thunder (Tuesday, Dec. 3), Los Angeles Lakers (Friday, Dec. 6) and Houston Rockets (Sunday, Dec. 15).
The back-to-back defending NBA Champion Miami Heat visit Northern California for their lone stop at Sleep Train Arena on Friday, Dec. 27.
April 16 marks Fan Appreciation Night at Sleep Train Arena as the Kings welcome the Phoenix Suns to Sacramento for the pair's regular season finale.
Fans looking to secure a seat this season and establish priority for the new downtown arena are encouraged to call 888-91-KINGS or visit Kings.com/tickets for plans starting at just $15 per game. Launched yesterday, the team's "SacramenTENS Assist" campaign ensures that 10 percent of all season ticket sales through Oct. 10 are donated to one of 10 local charities. The Kings currently rank No.1 in the NBA in new season ticket sales, with great seats still remaining.
KEY FACTS ABOUT THE SACRAMENTO KINGS 2013-14 SCHEDULE
By month, the schedule breaks down as follows: October (1 home, 0 away = 1 total), November (8 home, 5 away = 13 total), December (8 home, 8 away = 16 total), January (8 home, 8 away = 16 total), February (5 home, 7 away = 12 total), March (6 home, 10 away = 16 total), April (5 home, 3 away = 8 total).
By day, the schedule breaks down as follows: Monday (4 home, 2 away = 6 total), Tuesday (7 home, 6 away = 13 total), Wednesday (9 home, 8 away = 17 total), Thursday (1 home, 0 away = 1 total), Friday (8 home, 10 away = 18 total), Saturday (4 home, 8 away = 12 total), Sunday (8 home, 7 away = 15 total).
The Kings longest homestand is five games on two occasions (Saturday, Nov. 9 thru Tuesday, Nov. 19) and (Thursday, Jan. 2 thru Sunday, Jan. 12).
Sacramento embarks on six road trips of three or more games in length—the longest is a seven-game, 12-day sojourn with stops in Milwaukee (Wednesday, March 5), Toronto (Friday, March 7), Brooklyn (Sunday, March 9), Detroit (Tuesday, March 11), Philadelphia (Wednesday, March 12), Chicago (Saturday, March 15) and concluding in Minnesota (Sunday, March 16). The team also departs for a six-game journey from Tuesday, Jan. 14 thru Wednesday, Jan. 22, with tilts against Indiana, Minnesota, Memphis, Oklahoma City, New Orleans and Houston.
Of the 19 sets of back-to-back games, 10 are of the away-away variety, three are away-home and six represent the home-away category.
Sacramento will host six Sunday afternoon games with a start time of 3 p.m. versus Memphis (Nov. 17), Golden State (Dec. 1), Houston (Dec. 15), Cleveland (Jan. 12), Milwaukee (March 23) and Dallas (April 6).
The Kings 41-game home schedule features 20 weekend contests (Friday, Saturday & Sunday affairs).
Sacramento defeated the Golden State Warriors 94-92 in last year's season opener at Sleep Train Arena—marking the seventh consecutive win in a home opener dating back to the 2006-07 campaign.
Sacramento took an 93-87 loss to the Chicago Bulls in last year's road/season opener at the United Center on Halloween night.
The Kings have played Denver in the season opener just once during the Sacramento-era, when Wayman Tisdale (21 points) and Lionel Simmons (16 points, 10 rebounds) helped defeat the Nuggets 109-100 on Nov. 5, 1993.
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