SACRAMENTO -- Year 1 of the California Classic was so successful, the Sacramento Kings have decided to do it again.
The team flashed an advertisement for the event on the scoreboard during the team’s home finale on Sunday evening and on Monday morning, the official press release hit.
Sacramento will play host to a pre-Las Vegas Summer League tournament on July 1, 2 and 3. For a second consecutive year, teams from the Kings, Lakers, Heat and Warriors will play double-headers in a round robin tournament at Golden 1 Center.
“Building on the incredibly successful inaugural year which saw more than 50,000 attendees, we are excited to once again host the California Classic at Golden 1 Center,” Kings Owner and Chairman Vivek Ranadivé said in a prepared statement.
"Last year proved to be a unique experience, with an emphasis on technology, entertainment, community and, of course, basketball, and we look forward to continuing to showcase the best Sacramento has to offer."
The tournament was a rousing success. Fans filled Golden 1 Center for summer hoops. The Kings put on a great show with activities and concerts in the courtyard adjacent to the arena.
While they are quite yet ready to call it an “annual event,” Sacramento is clearly trying to prove that they have the ability to run a much bigger event, like an NBA All-Star game.
Tickets go on sale for season ticket holders beginning Tuesday, April 9 for three-day passes to the event. The general public will get a crack at the three-day pass on April 10 via Kings.com/CAClassic.