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August 19, 2008
Kings setting sights on Stockton

Kings coach Reggie Theus will be in Stockton for a press conference Wednesday, where he will discuss his team's preseason game in October at Spanos Center. Pacific athletic director Lynn King and Dan Chapman, the president of the Stockton Thunder and Stockton Lightning, will join Theus.
The Kings take on the Los Angeles Clippers on Oct. 15 in a rematch of a 1988 exhibition game at the Stockton facility. The Clippers won that previous contest 125-115 in front an announced crowd of 2,817 fans.
That was the last time the Kings played in Stockton, although the team held training camp at Spanos Center during the mid-1990s.
Mitch Germann, the Kings' vice president of business communications, said last week that the organization is holding the game in Stockton because of the long-term relationship with Pacific and fans in that area. Germann said the Kings hope to return to Stockton in the future.
Tickets will go on sale Wednesday to the general public. Germann told me this morning that ticket prices will be announced at the press conference, which leads me to believe that Chapman got his way.
Chapman told the Stockton Record on Aug. 8 that he felt the Kings needed to lower ticket prices from the regular-season level or it would hurt sales.
Check back here Wednesday for video of the 2 p.m. press conference.



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