SAN FRANCISCO, CA – The Golden State Warriors and Chase Center, the Warriors’ new 18,064-seat privately financed sports and entertainment arena in San Francisco’s Mission Bay neighborhood, held an official ribbon cutting ceremony earlier today with key members of the project. Participating in today’s ceremony, emceed by former All-Pro NFL player turned Emmy-award winning broadcaster Ahmad Rashad, were Warriors Co-Executive Chairman and CEO Joe Lacob, Co-Executive Chairman Peter Guber, President and Chief Operating Officer Rick Welts, California Governor Gavin Newsom, San Francisco Mayor London Breed and naming rights partner JPMorgan Chase Chief Marketing Officer Kristin Lemkau.
The event represents the culmination of the project, which began over seven years ago when the Warriors held a press conference attended by San Francisco Mayor Ed Lee, then Lt. Governor Newsome, then NBA Commissioner David Stern, Lacob, Guber and Welts to announce the team’s plans to move the organization to San Francisco.
“Today is the beginning of an exciting new era for the Warriors and our franchise,” said Lacob. “We’ve officially transitioned from a basketball team to a sports and entertainment company with this incredible state-of-the-art arena. Chase Center will provide not only our players and coaches with first-rate facilities, but our fans from around the Bay Area — and fans of all forms of entertainment — with unforgettable experiences. It has surpassed my wildest expectations.”
In the opening month alone, Chase Center will feature a star-studded lineup of over 10 acts that includes Metallica and the San Francisco Symphony, Janet Jackson, Elton John and Chance the Rapper. Following the opening month, the Warriors begin preseason play on October 5, hosting the Los Angeles Lakers.
“When this process started in 2012, we wanted to build something for everyone, a gathering place to create milestones and memories,” said Guber. “Chase Center and Thrive City will accomplish just that, whether it’s via basketball, a concert, a restaurant experience or simply a place to shop and relax. It’s not a stand-alone venue, but rather a venue that, we think, will stand alone.”
To ensure that Chase Center stands out as a one-of-a-kind sports and entertainment venue, the Warriors worked with top architectural firms in MANICA, Kendall Heaton and Gensler. Along the way, the organization aligned itself with a number of leading industry partners that would help Chase Center reach its goal of providing a second-to-none fan experience. The list of Warriors and Chase Center founding partners includes Adobe, Accenture, Google Cloud, Hewlett Packard Enterprise, Kaiser Permanente, Oracle, PepsiCo, Rakuten, RingCentral, Ticketmaster and United Airlines, along with naming rights partner Chase.
“This is a historic day in the Bay Area,” said Welts. “Our vision was to build a unique venue that would become one of the must-see destinations in the world from both a sports and entertainment perspective. After seven years, that vision has become a clear reality with the opening of Chase Center.”
Following the opening of Chase Center, Thrive City will begin rolling out over two dozen unique restaurants and retail locations throughout the course of the first year, adding to the growth of San Francisco’s Mission Bay neighborhood. Retailers already confirmed for Thrive City are a Concept by Chef Michael Mina, b8ta, Belly & Sweet Belly, Dumpling Time, Gott’s Roadside, Nachoria, Mission Bay Wine Bar, a 10,000 square foot Warriors Shop, Warriors Hooptopia and Chase Bank.
About Chase Center & Thrive City
Chase Center, an 18,064-seat sports and entertainment arena set to open in September of 2019, will anchor Thrive City, the multipurpose, privately financed complex in San Francisco’s Mission Bay neighborhood consisting of 3.2 acres of publicly accessible plazas and open space that are part of a larger mixed-use development including two office buildings and dozens of unique restaurant and retail locations. Easily accessible by foot, bicycle or mass transit, Chase Center will play host to games featuring the six-time NBA Champion Golden State Warriors, concerts, cultural events, family shows and more, totaling nearly 200 events per year. Thrive City, the surrounding district of Chase Center, will be a community gathering space providing a slate of year-round health and wellness programming, including Get Fit clinics, yoga sessions, farmer’s markets, ice skating and much more.