NORTH NATOMAS — When the new owners of the Sacramento Kings stopped the team from moving out of town and took control of the franchise, they effectively saved nearly 800 full-time and part-time jobs at Sleep Train Arena.
For the past few months, the new owners have made on-the-court changes, installed new leaders in the front office and remodeled parts of the North Natomas arena.
Along with saving plenty of jobs, the fans that attended the Kings’ preseason game against the Golden State Warriors last week saw, for the first time, new uniforms for employees in nearly every department.
Ushers, parking attendants, servers, vendors and members of Sleep Train Arena’s event security team have been fitted with attire that represents the new era of the Sacramento Kings.
As a matter of fact, the security team, dressed professionally in new black suits and ties, looked more like the secret service — an appearance far from the purple, polo shirts and black pants members of security were wearing previously.
Opening night for the Sleep Train Arena employees is this Wednesday, Oct. 30, where the Kings will take on the Denver Nuggets. The game starts at 7:00 p.m., though there are plenty of activities in the works leading up to tip-off.
VIPs are expected to walk through a purple carpet on the sidewalk in front of the security entrance near the southwest entrance of the arena. The media has a designated area right next to the carpet for “rope line” interviews. The purple carpet is open from 4:00 to 7:00 p.m.
In addition, the Southeast (now called the Kaiser Permanente Entrance) and Southwest (Golden 1 Entrance) entrances will have a FanFest starting at 4:00 p.m. just in front of these entrances only. From 4:00 to 6:00 p.m., there will also be VIPs visiting this area. The parking lot opens at 4:00 p.m. for Kings fans.
For more information about careers at Sleep Train Arena, visit http://www.sleeptrainarena.com/info/careers/. An employment application must be submitted for part-time positions, and a resume must be submitted for full-time positions and internships.
By Antonio Harvey
OBSERVER Staff Writer