For the second time in as many weeks, entrances to the Sacramento Kings’ Golden 1 Center were blocked by protesters demonstrating against the police shooting of Stephon Clark.
According to Sports Illustrated, the team closed entrances to the arena as part of the standard safety protocol, asking fans to leave. Unlike last Thursday’s delayed game, played in front of a smaller-than-usual crowd, Tuesday’s game against the Mavericks continued as scheduled.
In a second press release, which closely resembled a team communication released last week, the Kings again addressed the disruption of fan experience at the arena.
“Tonight’s demonstrations beginning at City Hall migrated to Golden 1 Center preventing ticketed guests from safely entering the arena,” the statement read.
“The safety of our guests is our number one priority. Due to law enforcement being unable to allow ticketed fans to safely enter the arena, the doors were closed to maintain guest and public safety.
“We continue to work with law enforcement and City leadership to ensure the safety and security of fans and the public on Thursday and at future events.”