Sacramento’s Golden 1 Center may have just opened, but it won’t be the NBA‘s newest arena in California for very long. On Tuesday, the Chase Center, the new home of the Golden State Warriors, celebrated its groundbreaking, marking the beginning of yet another new NBA venue. The Chase Center is tentatively scheduled to open in time for the 2019-2020 NBA season.
This facility has been a hot topic for those in the Bay area with debates over the arena’s location in Mission Bay. As our own Zach Spedden wrote in July, the Mission Bay Alliance have voiced concerns citing traffic flow issues around the University of California, San Francisco (UCSF) Medical Center at Mission Bay and the impact to the environment. However, the project won an initial case and then won a subsequent appeal in November.
In a Chase News & Stories article, Warriors president and chief of operations Rick Welts said the team wants to build the Madison Square Garden of the West. The project is set to encompass 11 acres and in addition to the Chase Center, it will also include offices, cafes, restaurants, public plazas, and a five-and-a-half acre public park. According to the Chase Center website, there will be more than 18,000 seats, 580,000 square feet of lab and office space, 100,000 feet of retail space, and a 24,000 square foot public plaza.
As of December 1st, two founding partnerships have been established. The first is with United Airlines, which was named the official airline of the Golden State Warriors. According to a press release, this sponsorship also allows MileagePlus members to redeem their miles for access to premium seats, suite tickets, VIP experiences, and autographed merchandise. The sponsorship also includes marketing elements at both Oracle Arena and Chase Center and United will have the East Side Club entitlement space at Chase Center.
The second sponsorship is a long-term partnership with Accenture, which has been named the Official Technology Innovation Partner of the Warriors. According to a press release, Accenture will partner with the Warriors to design and implement an immersive and engaging experience for the guests and fans of the Chase Center and surrounding district.
Time will only tell how the Chase Center will compare to other NBA facilities since construction hasn’t even begun, but this project will definitely be one to keep an eye on. For more information about the Chase Center, visit the arena’s website at www.chasecenter.com.
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