To up the technology at the Chase Center, the Golden State Warriors and Accenture will partner on tech-related initiatives.
It is not surprising to see the Warriors take this step. The team already places a major emphasis on technology at Oracle Arena, its current home, and continuing trends in NBA arena development include an emphasis on cutting-edge production materials. In this case, the Warriors and Accenture are looking to leverage San Francisco and Silicon Valley’s tech scene to create a different experience at the Chase Center and the surrounding area.
“Recognizing and acquiring talent, on and off the court, is a key to winning in the NBA,” said Rick Welts, president and chief operating officer for the Warriors said in a statement. “Accenture has the talent, experience and insight to design and implement innovative experiences that will excite our fans, our tenants and the public, while defining a new standard for community-centered sports and entertainment facilities. We are pleased to have Accenture join our team as we prepare to break ground.”
“We are thrilled to partner with the Golden State Warriors — and the community — to establish Chase Center and the surrounding district as a destination for unforgettable moments and a center of innovation in the Bay Area,” said Julie Sweet, Accenture’s group chief executive — North America in a statement. “We will work hand-in-hand with the Warriors, as well as Fannovate participants, to define and enable an unparalleled set of experiences.”
Under a program called Fannovate, the Warriors and Accenture say they will seek fan feedback between now and the Chase Center’s anticipated opening in 2019. When it comes to the type of technology implemented at the arena, the Warriors and Accenture are already focusing on aspects that could improve the fan experience. More CNET:
Welts said Accenture has already solicited ideas from Warriors staffers who interact with fans. Ideas include opinions on how fans can access and exit the parking lot and the quickest way they could order food and drinks from their smartphones.
Accenture Digital CEO Mike Sutcliff said his group is open to using Oracle Arena to test and fine-tune some ideas before the Warriors move to Chase Center three years from now. “We want to start off with a bang, showing we’ve listened, we’ve learned, we’ve prototyped and we’ve tested using the best that we can come up with,” he said.
The Chase Center could open for the 2019-2020 NBA season, as a recent court case before the First District Court of Appeal in San Francisco resulted in favor of the Warriors. However, the Mission Bay Alliance, which has challenged the arena’s development on the contention that it could increase traffic in the area, hampering Muni line service and affecting access to the nearby UCSF Medical Center, issued a statement after the ruling saying that it is evaluating its options.