Best Moments of the Year at Chase Center
As 2019 comes to a close, we reflect on and celebrate some of the best moments in the early history of the Warriors new home at San Francisco’s Mission Bay: Chase Center. From special guest appearances and the beginning of new traditions to electric on-court performances, take a look back at a fun-filled four months.
Sep. 3: Chase Center Ribbon Cutting Ceremony
It all started with the ribbon cutting ceremony on September 3, 2019 to officially open Chase Center’s doors.
Sep. 3: Seeing spheres Unveiled
Also being publicly unveiled that day was Olafur Eliasson’s Seeing spheres, located outside of Chase Center’s Eastern Entrance.
Sep. 6: Metallica Rocks Chase Center
Opening Chase Center was Metallica, the Bay Area’s legendary rock band, along with the San Francisco Symphony as they celebrated the 20th Anniversary of their Grammy-winning S&M album.
Sep. 11: Eric Clapton x Santana
Two legends of rock on one stage: Eric Clapton surprised fans when he brought San Francisco’s own Carlos Santana to join him on stage.
Sep. 24: The Alvin Attles Court
One month prior to tipping off the season, the Warriors immortalized franchise cornerstone Alvin Attles by dedicating their new practice courts in his name: the Alvin Attles Courts at the Biofreeze Performance Center.
Oct. 7: Open Practice
Fans got their first look at Chase Center with Open Practice. Besides getting to see the players and their practice regimen up-close, fans were treated to a rookie talent show with dancing and singing.
Oct. 24: Joe Ellis Rings in New Tradition at Chase Center
A new era was officially rung in by former Warrior Joe Ellis. As a member of the last Warriors team to play in San Francisco prior to 2019, Ellis was brought back to Warriors Ground to begin a new tradition at Chase Center: the ringing of a cable car bell to tip off each Warriors game.
Oct. 30: Sue Bird and Megan Rapinoe Visit
Three-time WNBA champion Sue Bird and two-time FIFA World Cup champion Megan Rapinoe joined the Dubs for Pride Night and a LGBTQ postgame panel.
Nov. 4: A Big Win on a Special Day
The Warriors notched their first home victory in Chase Center with a 127-118 win over the Portland Trail Blazers. Leading the effort was rookie forward Eric Paschall, who happened to be celebrating his birthday as well. He finished with career highs of 34 points and 13 rebounds for his first career double-double.
Nov. 15: Steve Kerr Meets a Life Saver
Prior to the game, Head Coach Steve Kerr met with John O’Connor, a BART employee who had recently pulled a passenger out of the path of an oncoming train.
Nov. 25: New Heights
Not one, but two Dubs posted career highs against the Oklahoma City Thunder. Sixth year player Glenn Robinson, who signed with the team over the summer as a free agent posted a new career high of 25 points, while rookie Ky Bowman in just his sixth career start finished with 24 points.
Nov. 27: A Special Guest from Italy
The Dubs hosted a special guest prior to the game against the Chicago Bulls as the Warriors welcomed Gioele Parnigoni, a Make-a-Wish child from Italy, to join the Dubs at Chase Center.
Nov. 27: Reporter Klay
Klay Thompson added a new highlight to his resume as he put on a headset and joined the broadcast team as a guest analyst when the Dubs hosted the Chicago Bulls.
Dec. 4: Tallest Christmas Tree Lit by Tallest Living Dub
Just outside of Chester Center’s West Entrance is the tallest Christmas Tree in San Francisco and part of the Holiday Lights at Thrive City. What better way to light it than having Ralph Sampson, who at 7-foot-4 is the tallest living Warrior?
Dec. 11: The Return of Run TMC
The night started with the return of the legendary Warriors trio Run TMC, Tim Hardaway, Mitch Richmond and Chris Mullin, who joined NBC Sports Bay Area's pregame and postgame broadcasts.
Dec. 11: D-Lo For OT
In the final seconds of the game against the visiting New York Knicks, D’Angelo Russell found himself with the ball and tightly guarded in the corner. And yet, his last-second three-point shot found the net to force overtime.
Dec. 25: Dubs Celebrate Christmas with a Win
In claiming the 116-104 victory over the Houston Rockets on Christmas Day, the Dubs extended their season-long win streak to three games. Damion Lee had a career game with 22 points and a career high 15 rebounds; Draymond Green had a 20-point, 11-rebound double-double; and D’Angelo Russell posted 20 points as the Dubs brought the Christmas cheer to Chase Center.
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