The Sacramento Kings are a professional basketball team that competes in the Pacific Division of the Western Conference in the NBA. They are one of the oldest basketball clubs in history, and they began in the early 1920’s in Rochester, New York. They joined the National Basketball League (NBL) in 1945 with the name, Rochester Royals. In 1948 they defected to the Basketball Association of America (BAA) and a year later, when the NBL and BAA merged, joined the NBA. They have relocated 3 times since joining the NBA and there are rumors of a 4th relocation sometime in the near future. Due to this, they have also had 5 changes of name; Rochester Royals, Cincinnati Royals, Kansas City-Omaha Kings, Kansas City Kings and Sacramento Kings. The team has won 1 NBL and 1 NBA Championship.
Where do the Sacramento Kings play?
The Sacramento Kings play at a facility called the Power Balance Pavilion. The original name was ARCO Arena, which was sponsored by the energy company ARCO. However, the naming rights ran out in 2011 and a new sponsor Power Balance, who make sports wristbands, was found.
The Power Balance Pavilion is the smallest arena in the NBA with a seating capacity of just 17,317. This means that there are continual calls for the a new arena to be built. It also hosts many other events including, famous music acts, high school graduation ceremonies and state high school basketball championships. The highest ever attendance at the arena was for a Billy Graham crusade in 1995.