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The Stockton Kings will offer a home draw in the opening game on Thursday

From new deals to a jersey giveaway, team officials promise an exciting night Thursday at Stockton Arena.

STOCKTON, Calif. — Final preparations are underway in downtown Stockton as the G-League Kings prepare to welcome fans for their season opener.

The Stockton Kings will take on the Salt Lake City Stars at 7pm on Thursday. Aside from the action on the court, Kings Vice President of Business Operations Aaron Morales says there will be excitement for fans in the stands.

“It’s been a long time coming,” Morales said. “We were starting to see the anticipation and excitement with our community here at the 209, and we’re excited to get back out there and be in front of our fans and also try to grow our fan base.”

Morales hopes to excite fans and recruit more by hosting a t-shirt raffle, special guests and live performances by a local high school band.

The Stagg High School band will perform for attendees as they enter the arena.

The first 1,000 fans through the arena gates after 6pm on Thursday will receive an opening night long sleeve t-shirt.

After fans are inside, two-time WNBA champion and 2022 Finals MVP Chelsea Gray, a former high school standout at St. Mary, will meet fans and take photos with her MVP trophy.

“We’re looking forward to everything we have to offer those returning to our games this year,” Morales said.

During the game, the team plans to launch a “Family Feast” deal offering $3 off beer, soda, hot dogs and popcorn. The deal will run every Thursday throughout the season.

“And then we have a new children’s play area,” added Morales. “We’re actually going to host that at the plant this year and then we’re also going to have another kid’s area presented by First Five of San Joaquin, which will be a station area.”

On the court, Morales predicts an exciting season highlighting the team’s strong rotation of guards.

Morales says part of his focus for the season will be on the community. Through partnerships with community organizations and programs like their “Fit Kids Program,” the Kings aim to make a positive impact on the city.

“One of the reasons we’re here is to make an impact in the community, and I think one of the ways we do that is by getting involved in the community,” Morales said. “We always live by the mantra of ‘It’s bigger than basketball.'”

Tickets for Thursday night’s game start at $5. The home opener is part of a two-day homestand against the Stars.

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