April 6th 2014 was a historic date. This was the first official Bitcoin meetup at an NBA game and spelunk.in had to be there. Earlier this year, the Sacramento Kings sent out a press release stating that the “Sacramento Kings become first professional sports team to accept virtual currency Bitcoin.” “Since purchasing the Kings earlier this year, majority team owner Vivek Ranadivé has directed a business philosophy coined ‘NBA 3.0,’ which focuses on investments in technology, globalization and deep community partnerships.” There were some delays, but in early April the Kings started accepting Bitcoin through a special King’s website: https://www.kingsbitcoin.com/. Game tickets along with everything from shirts to full on MVP experiences became available for purchase with cryptocurrency.
Sacbitcoin setup the first meetup for the game on the 6th where the Kings took on the Dallas Mavericks. We all took advantage of the 6th Man deal which gave us 2 tickets, a parking pass and 2 King’s Bitcoin tshirts, all for about 0.23 BTC. The King’s organization worked with the Bitcoin ticket buyers to ensure that we were all located close together in the upper section at mid court. The King’s site is easy to use and navigate. Purchasing on the site with Bitcoin is great. They even have Coinbase integration to make it as easy as possible to make your purchase in BTC.
The Spelunk.in founders are located in New York and Los Angeles. Sacramento isn’t exactly close. Myself (also one of the co-founders) and Moon recruited Christina Shaban to go on this adventure with us. Christina helps run Simi Valley Insurance which is the first insurance brokerage firm to accept Bitcoin. The intrigue of being part of this new “NBA 3.0” compelled us to attend. Luckily, Moon happened to be visiting LA. Sacramento is about 400 miles away from the Spelunk.in West Coast location. We put Moon in charge of renting the car. He figured we were in California, so he sought out the correct vessel for the journey. When we arrived at Hertz, they presented us with an awesome looking Mustang convertible. Its not the most practical, fuel efficient, nor comfortable car for 3 people but its fits in with the California cliché roadtrip. We left LA at 9am, and the game started at 3pm. Theres 400 miles of Interstate 5 between us. This gave us little time to enjoy the nothingness that is the stretch of the interstate from Los Angeles to Northern California.
Astonishingly, we arrive right on time and met up with the group. The seats the Kings provided were great and they kept the whole group together. The game was close and I am glad we attended even though the Kings lost to the Mavericks in the last few seconds of the game. We were able to socialize with fellow cryptocurrency enthusiasts in our seats and at the bar. We even got to chill with the King’s mascot Slamson and one of our selfies made it to the scoreboard. Our bitcoin crew included @sacbitcoin, @Karlafung @BitGiveOrg @MadBitcoins @BitDazzle and of course our new friend @SlamsonTheLion. Our trip was victorious even though the Kings lost the game.
We capped off our victory with a stop at Harris Ranch on the way home. Our steak dinners were fit for a king.