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Best place to watch the Kings is at Golden 1 Center in Sacramento. But what if the Kings are playing on the road? Or what if you can’t get (or afford) a ticket to the game? Check out the best Sacramento King bars to watch the game in the company of other Kings fans.
Sacramento Kings Team History
The Sacramento Kings are a professional basketball team in the United States.
The Kings compete in the Pacific Division of the Western Conference of the National Basketball Association (NBA).
The franchise has a long history, spanning close to a century.
First of all, the team was established in Rochester, New York, in 1923. Originally, it was called the Rochester Seagrams.
In 1942, the name was changed to the Rochester Eber Seagrams. But that name didn’t last.
Likewise, the name was changed to the Rochester Royals in 1945.
When the team moved from Rochester to Cincinnati, Ohio, in 1957, it was changed to Cincinnati Royals.
Long Live the Kings!
In 1972, the franchise moved to Kansas City, Missouri. And the name changed yet again. Because home games were split between Kansas City and Omaha, Nebraska, the name was changed to Kansas City-Omaha Kings.
After two seasons, the team decided to play all home games in Kansas City. Consequently, Omaha was dropped from the name.
The Kings won one division title in Kansas City. Furthermore, they won two division titles after moving to Sacramento.
When the team moved from Kansas City to Sacramento in 1985, the name was changed to Sacramento Kings.
The franchise won its only league championship as the Rochester Royals in 1951.
The Kings are Sacramento’s only professional sports franchise. On the other hand, they are one of four NBA franchises in the state of California.
Recently, the Golden State Warriors moved from Oakland across the bay to San Francisco. And there are two teams in Southern California: the Los Angeles Clippers and the King’s arch-rivals, the Los Angeles Lakers.
The Sacramento Kings play home games at Golden 1 Center in downtown Sacramento.
In addition to hosting the Kings, the multi-purpose arena accommodates concerts, conventions, and other kinds of events. The venue opened in 2016.
Best Sacramento Kings Bars
The following sports bars and restaurants are popular with Sacramento Kings fans.
However, you should always call ahead to make sure they will show the game. Also, ask if the sound will be turned on.
- Field House American Sports Pub – 1310 Fulton Avenue Suite D, Sacramento,California. Telephone: (9160 487-1045.
- Clubhouse 56 Restaurant Sports Bar -723 – 56th Street (56th & H Streets), Sacramento, California. Telephone: (916) 454-5656.
- Twin Peaks – 535 Howe Avenue, Sacramento, California. Telephone: (916) 974-4370.
- Idle Hour – 6616 Fruitridge Road, Sacramento, California.
- Revival – 500 J Street, Sacramento, California. Telephone: (916) 545-7111.
A Word to the Wise
While most of these venues tend to attract Sacramento Kings fans on game day, there are no guarantees.
Sometimes they won’t turn on the sound. Other times they might show other events. And there is always the chance the venue might be booked for special events.
Also, fans sometimes migrate to other venues. And bars sometimes close.
Therefore, you should always call ahead to make sure that the game you want to watch will be broadcast.
Your Input on Sacramento Kings Bars Wanted
If you have patronized and of the above mentioned Sacramento Kings sports bars, please leave comments (pro or con) in the COMMENT box below.
You can mention the ambiance for fans Sacramento Kings, the visibility of TV screens, the quality of the sound, the food, the service – whatever!
Also, please let me know if any of these Sacramento Kings watch bars have closed – or if Sacto fans are no longer watching Kings games at them.
Your own recommendations on where to watch the Sacramento Kings play will also be greatly appreciated! Especially welcome would be Kings-friendly sports bars in other cities!
This list of the best Sacramento Kings sports bars is part of a series of posts on sports bars for fans of NBA teams. This post contains affiliate links.