Los Angeles Kings Set To Host Opening Weekend At Staples Center

The Los Angeles Kings will host the Nashville Predators on Saturday at 3 p.m. and the Vegas Golden Knights on Sunday at 7 p.m. as part of Opening Weekend at STAPLES Center, the club’s 20th Anniversary Season at the arena.

The team’s first home victory of the 2019-20 season will also be the club’s 1,000th home win all-time. The Kings-Predators game is the club’s first Hockey Night in LA edition of the season and the first of nine as the popular platform returns for its second year. Hockey Night in LA is a Kings driven awareness campaign around the game of hockey. Hockey Night in LA takes place as part of all Saturday night home games with the Kings offering an elevated entertainment experience with activations designed to amplify the fan experience while surprising and delighting with unique experiences, guests and entertainment. The next Hockey Night in LA is scheduled for October 19.

Fans on Saturday are encouraged to participate in the club’s special Silver Carpet player entry, which is located near the SW VIP Entrance. Fans can start arriving by 11 a.m. as players are expected to arrive to STAPLES Center beginning as early as 11:30 a.m. There will be live music and our club’s Event Host will introduce each player as he arrives.   

A special Opening Day Fan Fest will take place outside STAPLES Center along Chick Hearn Court and Xbox Plaza. That begins at Noon and is open to the public at no cost. It features a DJ, a Bud Light Beer Garden, unique photo opportunities and autographs from 1-1:30 p.m. at the Toyota display. The Fan Fest will also feature a brand new HOCKEYWOOD display and also a new #GKG Light-Up display for fans to take their photos with. Saturday’s game also marks the debut of the new LA Kings Drumline, which will make their debut at Fan Fest and also provide entertainment during the game. Also starting this season Bailey debuts an over-sized drum which, in addition to being used by Bailey during games, will feature a Season Ticket Member of the Game participating in a Go Kings Go drum beat.

For those attending the game fans are encouraged to be in their seats by 2:30 p.m. in time for player warm-ups. A special Opening Day Ceremony featuring the 2019-20 Kings roster will take place just before puck drop. Pia Toscano will sing the National Anthem and Opening Day will feature the first of 20 different show-opening-videos. 

Among the new highlights for Kings games at STAPLES Center also include a new organ and in-arena performance area for Dieter Ruehle, which is located above Section 327. The Kings this weekend will also introduce several new live interactive games that will give fans the chance to compete against one another for prizes. Examples include hockey skills-comp shootout-style game, skeeball, trivia, predictive/betting-style gaming and more. Fans are also encouraged to visit Bailey’s Fun Zone on the main concourse outside Section 117 where fans of all ages can now take a custom photo or GIF.

The Kings will also introduce several new interactive games available in the LA Kings mobile app that will give fans the chance to win prizes, playing in real time during Kings games and events within the LA Kings app, plus the ability to play a few of these games in free-play mode.

This weekend’s home games will also feature a new pregame show on the LA Kings Audio Network as the network adds more live Kings programming beyond games. Jesse Cohen hosts a new pregame call-in show prior to select Kings games. The show, called Kings Game Day, is slated to begin one hour before puck drop both Saturday and Sunday. The phone number for fans to ask their questions is 1-877-KINGS20!

The Kings-Golden Knights game on Sunday begins at 7 p.m. Prior to that contest the Kings will host a special Fan Fest beginning at 4 p.m. 

Sunday’s game will also be broadcast on FOX Sports West, the Kings Audio Network and Tu Liga 1330.

All fans in attendance for Sunday’s game will receive a Magnet Schedule Giveaway presented by the Automobile Club of Southern California. All fans in attendance for Saturday’s game will receive a Collectible Art Print. 

The Kings opened the 2019-20 season this past Saturday in Edmonton which kicked-off a three-game road trip. The Kings have six home games this October. For all Kings ticket information, call 888-KINGS-LA and visit LAKings.com. Saturday’s game features a Family Ticket Plan seat package. Sunday’s game features Sunday Funday Ticket Pack and Student Night Ticket Pack options.

Kings fans visiting STAPLES Center can now use the LA Kings app to manage their tickets, including entry to the STAPLES Center. The app features a new venue map which can help fans locate the nearest restrooms, concession stands and more. New Season Ticket Members only entrances now exist for Kings games at STAPLES Center. Season Ticket Members can enter the arena by simply showing their Card on the north side just west of the box office between the Star Plaza and 11thStreet entrances, and one door located at the Figueroa Street Entrance.

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