In three years time, the Oakland-based Golden State Warriors will move back to San Francisco. The team plans to relocate from its Oakland home turf where the team has been stationed since 1971 and move into a newly constructed multi-purpose arena, Chase Center.
If you currently live in or within a 50 mile radius of the East Bay, you’re undoubtedly riding along with the excitement unleashed when a professional sports team is killing it nearby, even if you aren’t a basketball fanatic or rooting for the Warriors. Obligatory #dubnation. Less obligatory adorable Riley Curry video.
Chase Center is expected to house 18,000 people located in the Dogpatch neighborhood on Third Street and 16th Street, within skipping distance from AT&T Park. Parking will be horrendous, but a new MUNI line is under construction to link the arena to downtown hotels and convention centers. Rick Welts, the President and Chief of Operations for the Golden State Warriors franchise, is also exploring how to maximize the use of ferries.
“There was a time in San Francisco’s history when we moved many thousands of people across the Bay every day by Ferry,” Welts said in a news post on Chase’s blog. “It’s the one form of public transportation that people actually enjoy.”
Naming-rights for the arena were bought by JPMorgan Chase. “The Bay Area is a beacon for technology, innovation and education, and we expect that Chase Center will become a beacon of great art, culture, sports and entertainment for this great community,” Jamie Dimon, Chairman and CEO of JPMorgan Chase, explained.
Chase Center is expected to be ready to open for the 2019-2020 basketball season. In the meantime, the Mission Bay Alliance, a coalition of UCSF stakeholders, donors, faculty and physicians who specifically formed to fight against Chase Center, are actively pursuing two lawsuits against the project. Its website explains how “the proposed stadium will have a disastrous impact on the health and welfare of thousands of patients and families nearby.” The coalition lists reasons such as the arena producing parking nightmares, noise pollution and blocking access to lifesaving medical services.
The Warriors’ Welts appears unperturbed by the lawsuits. “We are just one lawsuit away from being able to put a shovel in the ground,” he told SFGate in January.
An ear-shattering congratulations to the Warriors who played a record breaking game last night. With 73 wins this season, the team beat the legendary ‘95-‘96 Bulls season of 72 wins led by Michael Jordan and Scottie Pippen.