Golden 1 Center turns to PATH reusable bottles to reduce plastic waste

Golden 1 Center, the home of the NBA’s Sacramento Kings, will be offering PATH aluminium water bottles from the start of the 2021-22 season.

The PATH aluminium water bottle is a lightweight souvenir bottle and will contain still purified water with electrolytes added for taste. The bottles will be available at all Local Eats stands and premium club spaces in the arena.

The introduction of the refillable and recyclable bottles, reducing plastic waste, is the latest green initiative at Golden 1 Center, which sources 90% of its food from within 150 miles of the 17,500-capacity arena.

“As we celebrate the five-year anniversary of Golden 1 Center and as a natural extension of the arena’s commitment to sustainability, we are proud to eliminate plastic bottles and replace them with aluminium,” said Sacramento Kings chief operating officer Matina Kolokotronis.

“PATH is a leader in providing recyclable and eco-friendly water bottles and together with Raley’s we will give fans and guests an opportunity to serve as responsible stewards of the environment.”

Other initiatives at Golden 1 Center include a Solar Days initiative to reduce power usage on “dark days,” and the Second That program aimed at eliminating food waste by donating unused or unprepared food to families in need. In addition, the arena is 100% powered by solar, 85% from solar farm and 15% from array on the roof.

PATH is the first 100% refillable and recyclable bottled water in a premium aluminium bottle.

“The Kings are at the forefront in terms of sustainability, and we are excited to partner with them in taking a stand to make the world a better place by eliminating single-use plastic,” said Shadi Bakour, PATH’s co-founder and chief executive.

“As we know, the sports industry is a pillar of American culture and entertainment. Together, we will leave a cleaner planet for generations to come.”