The Chase Center in the Mission Bay neighborhood of San Francisco, California, is home to the NBA’s Golden State Warriors. It is named after its sponsor, Chase Bank, a national bank headquartered in Manhattan, New York City, and is a JPMorgan Chase’s banking subsidiary.
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The Chase Center became the Warriors’ new home after moving from Oracle Arena in Oakland, California; the arena didn’t officially break ground until January of 2017 and wasn’t finished until September of 2019.
The venue contains 580,000 square feet of office and lab space and has 100,000 square feet of retail space. Chase Center also includes a large 35,000 square foot public gathering arena designed by landscape architecture company SWA Group. The arena consists of a parking facility of approximately 950 spaces and is accessible to public transportation that connects several hotels and convention centers throughout the city.
The original location for the arena was at Pier 30-32 along the San Francisco Bay, which is set between the San Francisco Ferry Building and Oracle Park but was ultimately abandoned due to traffic, lack of parking, and use of space that could go to UCSF expansion along with many things to cause the site to be relocated to where it sits today.
Many opposed the move, including the city of Oakland, because this would be one of two major sports teams to move from the Oakland area, with the second being the Raiders, who moved from Oakland to Las Vegas for the 2020-2021 season.
In January of 2016, it was announced that JPMorgan Chase had purchased the naming rights of the arena and that it would be known as Chase Center.
Best Bars Near Ground
Several popular bars are located within walking distance to the arena, with a few of the favorites being Third Rail, ATWater Tavern, The Sea Star, Local Tap, and Connecticut Yankee. Connecticut Yankee in San Francisco’s Boston sports bar. Tucked away in an industrial area of Potrero Hill, the Yank is a half-hour walk from the nearest BART station, despite the inconvenient location it has still brought a loyal following. If you are looking to catch a game and not be surrounded by local fans, this will be your best bet for a fantastic sports atmosphere and not be surrounded by hometown fans.
Food - Places to Eat
While several of the bars and pubs in the area offer several food options, a few other food options are a favorite of the locals and are right around the arena that you can stop at before tip-off. Some of the local favorites include Death By Taco, Little Creatures, Third Rail, School Night, and many more. San Francisco is less passionate about its sports than your usual major city; there are still some great bars and restaurants in the city that are great for stopping at before tip-off.
Because of the amount of events that Chase Center hosts, they currently do not offer any public fan tours.
Golden State Warriors Tickets
Typically, Warriors tickets vary on who they are playing on the given night, but tickets can be found for as low as $60, with an average price of $130.
Some of the premium seating options include the Courtside Club ($900-$1,200 per ticket) and the Sideline Club ($500-$700 per ticket)
Golden State Warriors tickets are currently the second most expensive on the secondary market. Since they are a new area with one season under their belt before COVID-19 shut down the league, tickets are still going for a premium despite the team’s poor performance.
Visiting the Arena - Travel
Since Chase Center is located near the heart of San Francisco, there are several travel options you can choose from. The most popular transportation methods would include City buses (Muni), Streetcars/Trolleys (Muni Metro), BART trains (Bay Area Rapid Transit), Cable cars, San Francisco Bay Ferries, various forms of car services, and thousands of parking spots if you chose to bring your vehicle.
The address for Chase Center is as follows:
• 1 Warriors Way, San Francisco, CA 94158
While traffic during game nights will drive larger crowds than usual down to San Francisco, you should be in the clear of heavy traffic if you leave a few hours before tip-off. If you are coming from surrounding suburbs, you will most likely be coming into the city on a major highway then transitioning into city street driving.
There is minimal parking close to Chase Center available, but a few of the popular spots to park are the Mercedes-Benz Garage (99 Warriors Way) and 150 Warriors Way (previously 450 South Street). You can pay for parking in advance and guarantee your spot. Prepaid parking is available on the Chase Center App during your ticket purchase transaction as an add-on or can be pre-purchased online.
For public transportation, you are most likely looking to be using either city buses (Muni), streetcars/trolleys (Muni Metro), BART trains (Bay Area Rapid Transit), Cable cars, San Francisco Bay Ferries. Also, with your event ticket, you get all-day access to the Muni and ride for free.
Airports and Flying
If you are coming from out of state and flying, you will most likely fly into San Francisco International Airport. The drive from the airport to the arena is 12.4 miles and will roughly take 30-60 minutes to reach the arena. The most popular transportation methods to Chase Center are by BART or standard bus ($11-$13), tram ($15-$20), or car.