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Fitting the game into the budget

SACRAMENTO – Thirty-four games have passed this season for the Sacramento Kings, and by this point most fans who haven’t already bought tickets for already sold-out games are likely feeling a little hopeless.

But don’t fret just yet.

Give thanks to the Internet for this, Kings fans: tickets can still be had. Everyone’s favorite auction Web site, http://www.eBay.com, is currently the largest ticket resource, where season-ticket holders auction off their tickets for games they can’t make.



And over at http://www.SacKings.com, the Kings’ unofficial home page, new tickets are posted for sale every day.

So there really is still hope for taking the spouse on a romantic ARCO anniversary date, and even if you’ve got a couple whippersnappers running around the house, you can take your family of four to the game for less than $175.




But heed the step-by-step directions closely, if you don’t want to put a serious dent into your bank account.

If you’re not filthy-rich and bent on sitting courtside, plan on spending between $50 and $100 for tickets. As of Wednesday, a set of four tickets was available on eBay for Jan. 25’s game against the New Jersey Nets for $80. Over at SacKings.com, pairs of tickets were available for the Cavaliers, Blazers and Clippers games, all in late January and all at $50 each.

As we’ve discussed, you’re not likely a Ferrari-driving member of the Hilton family, so your ’91 Accord will need less than $20 for gas for the 120-mile roundtrip drive from Grass Valley to Sacramento.

New total: $70-$120.

By the time you get to the court (don’t forget the $8 for parking), it’ll be time to eat. Grab yourselves – and your kids if you brought them – the $3.25 Arena Dog, the cheapest dish on the menu. Along with the $4 sodas, you should be set for the night.

New total: $88.50-$157.

The Kings won, you’re happy, and you’ve survived the 80-minute wait to get in and out of the bathroom. Now the young ones need something to remember the night by, and you don’t want to get them $35 baseball caps.

ARCO supplies the perfect solution – the giant foam hand. For only $5, your kids will have the traditional American sports souvenir.

Grand total: $93.50-$167.

That’s not so steep for some family entertainment at a professional sporting event in this day and age.

But, if you do happen to be related to the Trump family, live it up. ARCO has no problem catering to the high rollers.

Have a limousine service take you to and from the game, spend $550 for two second-row seats, and enjoy the $12 cocktails. And instead of the hot dog or nachos, buy a few personal pizzas at $8 each, along with soda in $8 souvenir cups.

After all, you’re watching the Kings, so you might as well enjoy the game in regal fashion – if you can afford it.

Tickets anyone?

— ARCO box office: (530) 528-TIXS

http://www.eBay.com – keywords “Kings tickets”

Cheapest tickets on eBay in “Buy it Now” category as of Jan. 13: $39.99 for two tickets to the Blazers-Kings game Jan. 18

Most expensive tickets on eBay in “Buy it Now” category: $1,000 for two second-row tickets to the Cavaliers-Kings game Jan. 20.

http://www.SacKings.com – click on “Ticket Board”

Cheapest tickets on SacKings.com: $65 for two tickets to the Mavericks-Kings game on March 14

Most expensive tickets on SacKings.com: $324 for two fourth-row tickets to the Blazers-Kings game on Jan. 18

ARCO Arena

Year opened: 1988

Square feet: 442,000

Capacity: 17,317

Parking-lot capacity: 12,000 vehicles

Cost to build: $40 million

Number of ARCO Arena employees: 1,200

Number of hot dogs sold per year at ARCO Arena: 170,000

Gallons of soda consumed per year: 5,000

Number of public toilets in ARCO Arena: 297

Kings home record this season: 13-4

Home page: http://www.ArcoArena.com

Address: One Sports Parkway, Sacramento, CA 95834

http://www.kings.com


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