SACRAMENTO -- The NBA's longest active sellout streak officially ended at Arco Arena on Tuesday with the Kings setting a home opener low for Arco.
Sagging seat sales likely won't improve immediately, team officials say, despite the Kings hosting the defending Eastern Conference champion Cleveland Cavaliers and superstar LeBron James on Friday.
The announced attendance of 14,908 ended the Kings' streak of 354 consecutive sellouts dating back to Nov. 26, 1999. Arco seats 17,317.
"That's sad and embarrassing," said Brandon Castillo, a season-ticket holder. "I was shocked when I walked in. It was empty. I couldn't believe it."
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Entering Wednesday, the 14,908 in attendance marked the worst for a home opener in the NBA this season.
The last time the Kings had fewer fans attend a home opener was in 1987, when 10,333 fans watched the team play at a smaller, temporary facility before the current arena opened in 1988.
Fans who had hoped to resell their tickets have found it tough to do so, based on the number being sold below face value on Web sites like Craigslist, including for Friday's game.
"I'm a little nervous right now," said Folsom's Bryan Greenwalt. "I bought 12 extra tickets for the Cavaliers game thinking I would have no problem selling them."
Greenwalt put them on Craigslist two weeks ago. As of Wednesday, he still had 12 tickets.