Chase Center is an indoor arena in the Mission Bay neighborhood of San Francisco, California. The building is the home venue for the Golden State Warriors of the National Basketball Association (NBA). The Warriors, who have been located in the San Francisco Bay Area since 1962, played their home games at Oracle Arena in Oakland from 1971 to 2019. Chase Center opened on September 6, 2019.
|Address||1 Warriors Way|
|Location||San Francisco, California|
|Public transit|| MUNI Metro:|
UCSF/Chase Center San Francisco Bay Ferry: Alameda/Oakland Ferry, South San Francisco Ferry
|Owner||Golden State Warriors|
|Operator||Golden State Warriors|
|Field size||900,000 square feet (84,000 m2)|
|Broke ground||January 17, 2017|
|Opened||September 6, 2019|
|Architect||MANICA Architecture (design architect)|
|Structural engineer||Walter P Moore, Magnusson Klemencic Associates|
|Services engineer||Smith Seckman Reid, Inc.|
|General contractor||Clark Construction Group / Mortenson Construction|
|Golden State Warriors (NBA) (2019–present)|
Location and designEdit
The location for the arena, which is home to the Golden State Warriors, is in San Francisco at Third St. and 16th St. The arena is composed of multiple layers and floors, has a seating capacity of 18,064 and a multi-purpose area that includes a theater configuration with an entrance overlooking a newly built park. The venue also contains 580,000 square feet (54,000 m2) of office and lab space and has 100,000 square feet (9,300 m2) of retail space. Chase Center also includes a 35,000 square foot public plaza/recreation area designed by landscape architecture firm SWA Group. The arena includes a parking facility of approximately 950 spaces and is accessible to public transportation around the area. A new light rail line is also under construction that will link the arena and the University of California, San Francisco (UCSF) to downtown hotels, convention centers and subway and commuter rail lines that serve the entire Bay Area. With a $1 billion investment, Chase Center anchors a district of 11 acres of restaurants, cafés, offices, public plazas and a new five-and-a-half-acre public waterfront park.
The plan for building a new arena was announced on May 22, 2012, at a Golden State Warriors press conference at the proposed site, attended by then-San Francisco Mayor Ed Lee, then-NBA Commissioner David Stern, then-California Lt. Governor Gavin Newsom, owners Joe Lacob and Peter Guber, and Warriors staff and city officials. A new privately financed, $500 million 17,000- to 19,000-seat arena was planned to be located on Pier 30-32 along the San Francisco Bay waterfront, situated between the San Francisco Ferry Building and Oracle Park. A month after the proposal, the South Beach-Rincon-Mission Bay Neighborhood Association criticized the site and said that a second major league sport venue in the area would make it no longer "family friendly". Former San Francisco mayor Art Agnos began speaking to dozens of community gatherings in opposition to the proposed arena, stating that the project was pushed by two out-of-town billionaires and would severely impact traffic and city views. On December 30, 2013, a ballot proposition was submitted to the city titled the "Waterfront Height Limit Right to Vote Act". The initiative made it onto the June 2014 ballot as Proposition B, and its passage would affect three major waterfront developments, including the proposed Warriors arena.
On April 19, 2014, the Warriors abandoned plans for the pier site and purchased a 12-acre site owned by Salesforce.com at the Mission Bay neighborhood for an undisclosed amount. The arena is being financed privately. The architect for the project is MANICA Architecture and the current plan for Chase Center is to have it built by 2019 before the NBA season starts. The plan for Chase Center to open earlier was pushed back multiple times due to many complaints about the location. Construction on the arena began in January 2017.
In April 2015, the Mission Bay site was opposed by the Mission Bay Alliance, which cited traffic, lack of parking, and use of space that could go to UCSF expansion among other things as their reasons for opposition. Their complaint was that the arena would be located near UCSF Benioff Children's Hospital and would create more traffic. To avoid the plan to build Chase Center being voided, representatives of the project worked to address these issues such as traffic and parking.
The Golden State Warriors had the official groundbreaking ceremony for Chase Center on January 17, 2017.
The arena had its grand opening on September 6, 2019, It hosted a concert for Metallica and the San Francisco Symphony, and the Warriors will play their first preseason game at the Chase Center against the Los Angeles Lakers on October 5, 2019. They will play their first regular season game there against the Los Angeles Clippers on October 24, 2019.
Many longtime residents felt that constructing a new arena for the Warriors is a manifestation of the phenomenon of gentrification. Additionally, many who supported the Warriors throughout their years at Oracle Arena feel betrayed by the team's decision to relocate to San Francisco. There is also the issue of public costs associated with the new arena, both in San Francisco and Oakland.
In the 2018 San Francisco elections, Proposition I was placed on the ballot as "an initiative to discourage the relocation of established sports teams" in direct response to the proposed move of the Warriors from Oakland to San Francisco. Though meant to block the move, the terms of this proposed law were non-binding. Proposition I was defeated on June 5, 2018 after receiving 97,863 votes for the measure compared with 130,916 votes against.
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