2019-20 Kia Season Preview
Key features at Golden State Warriors' new arena
Warriors will play their first regular season game at Chase Center on Oct. 24
From NBA.com Staff
The Golden State Warriors have a new home this season at the Chase Center in San Francisco.
The state-of-the-art building sits on the bay and features plenty of new amenities that weren’t found at Oracle Arena, which served as Golden State’s home since 1971.
Before the team faces the LA Clippers in the first regular season game at Chase Center on Oct. 24 (10:30 ET, TNT), check out some of the features you’ll find inside (and outside) the new arena.
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The stadium takes up four-plus city blocks in the Mission Bay area of San Francisco and features an exterior plaza (named Thrive City) for fans to gather, watch games and cheer on the team from outside. The plaza will include restaurants, bars and a 74-foot by 42-foot screen to follow the action if you don’t have a ticket.
Eventually, there will also be a 5.5-acre park on the waterfront next to the arena. The park — which is not controlled by the Warriors — is still under construction and may not be ready until next season.
Inside the arena, the atrium provides a stark contrast from the feel at Oracle. The open concept brings in plenty of light and provides space for fans to mingle before and after games.
The LED scoreboard is the largest in the league, measuring in at 9,699 square feet. The extra space gives the team plenty of room to display detailed statistics about the game, including effective field goal percentage, turnover percentage, offensive rebound percentage and free-throw rate.
How the scoreboard will look for a lower level viewer, complete with a Klay Thompson game recap. Got a little bit of a mini Jerry World vibe to it. pic.twitter.com/r8zN89irgt
— Anthony Slater (@anthonyVslater) August 26, 2019
The 18,064-seat arena offers plenty of food and drink options for fans. More than a dozen dining options will be available within the arena, including local standbys like Big Nate’s BBQ (created by Warriors legend and Hall of Famer Nate Thurmond) to new restaurants from local restauranteurs.
The suites are the star of the show at Chase Center, which features suites on every level of the arena. There will be 32 courtside suites, 44 club-level suites and 60 four-person suites on the top level.
The Warriors’ locker room also received a big upgrade. The spacious circular room features TVs in every locker, darker lighting and a large weight room.
Just beyond the weight room are two practice courts at the Biofreeze Performance Center. The Warriors will hold all of their practices at this facility, which will provide easy access to the arena on gamedays.
The Warriors’ first regular season game at Chase Center is Oct. 24 against the LA Clippers.