Chase Center is the new home of our Golden State Warriors, and this will be my first visit. The pandemic has delayed several previous attempts to attend a Warriors game here. They broke ground here on January 17, 2017. The architect was Manica Architecture. The $1.8 billion arena was privately financed by the Warriors. The area is known for being the home of UCSF Medical Center and Kaiser-Permanente.
Starting in 1964, I have seen the Warriors play in several different venues: old Civic Auditorium (Chamberlain vs Russell) in downtown San Francisco, the old Cow Palace (Championship in 1975) in South San Francisco, the Oakland Alameda County Coliseum, SAP Center in San Jose, and finally, the new Chase Center in Dog Patch, aka Mission Bay.
The team has $2 billion under contract from a cluster of founding partners, including tech giants like Adobe, Oracle, Google Cloud, Accenture, and, of course, JPMorgan Chase, which shelled out a reported $300 million to snag the naming rights to the stadium for 20 years. But they did not ask for any funding from the City and County of San Francisco.
The Center is home to the Warriors, and seats 18,064 fans. The grand opening was a Metallica and San Francisco Symphony concert on September 6, 2019. The Warriors finally played their first regular season game on October 24, 2019. I really could not fathom attending a concert here before attending a game.
Here is an interesting thought:
• Your event ticket is also your all-day Muni ticket. Ride for free!
• Muni KT Line trains provide service to/from downtown San Francisco and Embarcadero BART Station. The UCSF/Chase Center (16th Street) K Ingleside/T Third and S Shuttle stop is located on 3rd Street. Kudos for the Warriors for doing this!! We will take BART from the East Bay, then Muni to the Arena.
What else can I tell you? Ticket prices are rather high. When my buddy, Big Bob first started looking, a lower-level seat was about $500. Let’s just say, I am a little better shopper. My sister and brother-in-law have season tickets, at least they did at the Oakland Arena. Maybe they will invite us to the “club” area?
Of course, my favorite player is Steph Curry. Before that, I enjoyed the Mitch Richmond and Tim Hardaway duo, and before that, Rick Barry. But the greatest Warrior ever was Wilt Chamberlain. I was able to see him play the Celtics and Bill Russell back in 1964-65.
So, this may be my only visit to Chase Center. I noticed the visiting Houston Rockets have a local kid playing for them. The second overall pick in the draft was Jalen Green, who went to nearby San Joaquin Memorial High School before joining the D League on a developmental contract.
So, Big Bob and I will BART over to the game, try some Chase Center food, and enjoy the game. Wait, our Niners are playing. Maybe we need to find a sports bar with good food, before hitting Chase?