On December 28th, Bart and I went to the New Golden 1 Center in Sacramento to see Trans-Siberian Orchestra!
There has been a hiatus at Becoming 7 because I have been down with a severe case of the flu. I did make it to the show with my husband. Because of the flu, climbing the steep stairs took my breath away. I actually had to stop to catch my breath. We were in the third row from the top.
We visited the new Golden 1 Center in Sacramento. They opened less then 3 months before our concert. The Golden 1 Center is the new home to the Sacramento Kings NBA team. The Golden 1 Center has a seating capacity of 17,608 for basketball games. The number of seats available for events depends on the floor layout for seating. They also have free wi-fi. Before the show started, I was able to play pokemongo from my seat as there are several pokestops in the area.
We parked at the Downtown Plaza West Parking Lot. When we got there, we saw signs that said event parking $30. There were workers at the gate asking where you were going. We said to Trans Siberian Orchestra. We were told it would be $30. They wanted people to pay at the gate as they entered. My husband asked about paying with his card when we left. The pushed the button on the machine and gave us a ticket to use in the parking payment terminals when we left.
After the show, we went back to the parking lot. We inserted our ticket and credit card into the payment kiosk. It charged us $15.00. I was glad we didn’t hand the lady cash as we entered. I thought about how many people paid on entry for their parking and paid so much more then we did. The garages are ran by the city of Sacramento, so I would be curious as to their explanation of the charge discrepancy.
I know you came here to hear about the concert! The concert was amazing. Before the show starts, they announce that they have donated 1 dollar from each ticket to a local charity. In Sacramento’s case, it was the Easter Seals. They announced our show resulted in a $22,000 donation.
The show begins with a narrator telling a story about a runaway who wants to go home. The story continues between songs. They tell of dreams and the possibility of one night changing a life. With a reminder that no matter where you are in life there is hope.
The show was incredible! Snow falling, smoke/fog, laser lights, performers on hydraulic lifting platforms, a catwalk the would lower and rise, and lights on a moving scaffold. If that wasn’t enough, they also had an incredible pyrotechnic show both on stage and in the middle of the audience on the floor.
All in all it was an incredible night. I am glad I went even though I was not feeling well.