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The Brief History Of Chase Center

Posted by GrayLineofSanFrancisco on June 22, 2020

The Chase Center home to the World Champion Golden State Warriors. This arena broke ground, January 17, 2017, and opened September 6, 2019. Chase Center’s grand opening featured a concert by Bay Areas own, Metallica and the San Francisco Symphony.

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The crowning gem in the Mission Bay neighborhood of San Francisco. On April 19, 2014, the Warriors abandoned plans for the pier site and purchased a 12-acre site owned by Salesforce.com. The purchase of the land was for an undisclosed amount and the arena was financed privately.

The original site location was announced May 22, 2012 and was met with much consternation. San Francisco’s then Mayor Ed Lee, then-California Lt. Governor Gavin Newsome, then-NBA Commissioner David Stern, and owners Joe Lacob and Peter Guber, revealed their plans. A $500 million, 17,000 – 19,000-seat arena, located on Pier 30-32 along the San Francisco Bay waterfront, between the Ferry Building and Oracle Park. A month after the plans were disclosed, the idea was met with much opposition. Concerns surrounding two major sports arenas, being in such proximity, adding to the already burdensome traffic conditions. Once the community started to rally support for the discontinuance of the project, the plans were discarded.

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The location of this arena is at Third St. and 16th St. The arena is composed of multiple layers and floors, has a seating capacity of 18,064 for Basketball games, and 19,500 for concerts.

The architect for the project was MANICA Architecture. The venue contains 580,000 square feet of office space and lab space and has 100,00 square feet of retail space. Chase Center also includes a 35,000 square foot public plaza/recreation area designed by landscape architecture firm SWA Group.

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