Today, the Sacramento Kings and NBA Development League’s Reno Bighorns are excited to announce that the Kings entertainment department will produce two NBA-style home games in Reno, NV on January 29, 2017, and April 1, 2017. The games will include special in-game entertainment, fan engagement, giveaways and more.
The Kings entertainment team will join the Bighorns for affiliate games in Reno when the Bighorns take on the Salt Lake City Stars on January 29 and host the Northern Arizona Suns on April 1. Kings Legends, Sacramento Kings Dancers, Mascot Slamson and more will be on hand to give fans in Reno an opportunity to connect directly with the Sacramento organization.
“We’re excited to bring the fun and entertainment side of Kings Basketball to Reno and share it with our friends, the Bighorns,” said Kings President Chris Granger. “As our partnership matures, we’ll continue to find new and exciting ways to incorporate the best of both organizations to create a great experience for our fans.”
Before the game, the Kings will host a Junior Kings youth basketball clinic at the Reno Events Center on from 9 a.m. to 1 p.m. on Sunday, January 29. 100 local youth ages 6-14 will participate in a special clinic that focuses on educating each participant about the game of basketball while teaching them the fundamentals of basketball and enhancing their conditioning skills. As a special treat, each participant will receive a Junior Kings t-shirt and headband, Kings swag, a certification of completion and two tickets to the nights’ Reno Bighorns matchup versus the Salt Lake City Stars.
Last December, the Bighorns announced that they will host two games in Sacramento at Golden 1 Center—the world’s most technologically advanced and greenest entertainment and sports venue located in downtown Sacramento. The Bighorns will take on the Santa Cruz Warriors on February 24 and then host the Raptors 905 on March 3.
This isn’t the first of the Kings expanding their resources in efforts to build an authentic relationship between the Sacramento and Reno markets. Last November, the Kings joined the Bighorns for a Celebration Day to celebrate their new majority ownership of the Reno Bighorns. The day featured Kings Executives, staff, and talent participating in various events, school visits and more to give fans in Reno an opportunity to connect directly with the Sacramento organization.
“The Bighorns are excited to welcome the Kings to Reno and show them how entertaining Bighorns basketball can be,” said Bighorns President Keenan Polan. “With the added Kings activations, Bighorns fans are in for a special and exciting night of basketball.”
The Reno Bighorns have been the NBA D-League affiliate of the Kings since 2008-09. Back in October 2016, the Kings acquired a controlling interest in the Bighorns, making them the 15th NBA team to own and operate its NBA D-League affiliate.