With the NBA season restarting in Orlando, Fla. and concerts and events on hiatus, the Kings have a new plan of attack for their four-year-old arena in the heart of downtown. The team is partnering with Sacramento County to convert Golden 1 Center to a voting center for the November elections.
The 2020 election is perhaps the most important election in our country's history. With that in mind, the Kings will hand over the keys to Golden 1 Center at no cost to the county for an 11-day window from Oct. 24 to Nov. 3.
During this time, residents will be able to register to vote, update registration, drop off completed ballots, get ballots to take home, receive language assistance and even vote, all while social distancing in the 17,000-seat arena.
“The Kings are dedicated to using our platform to encourage civic participation and engagement,” Kings chief operating officer Matina Kolokotronis said in a release. “We are proud to provide a location in the heart of downtown with increased accessibility and opportunity to socially distance while promoting the importance of voting.”
The Kings are the first professional sports team in California to take this step. They have a long history of being involved in social issues, but also in the process of voting. The Kings launched a “Rally the Vote” initiative in 2018 and they have future plans of partnering with other professional sports teams to promote voting throughout the nation.
In addition to donating the building for the 11 days, the Kings will provide staff volunteers to serve as poll workers at Golden 1 and they are partnering with the Downtown West Garage to provide free parking for folks visiting the voting center.