With the arena’s opening a little more than a year away, the Golden State Warriors are seeing strong season ticket sales for the Chase Center.
Currently under construction in San Francisco’s Mission Bay neighborhood, the Chase Center is expected to open in time for the 2019-20 NBA season. It is slated to be part of a larger development project in the area, and will replace Oakland’s Oracle Arena as the Warriors’ home.
While construction on the arena is making progress, the Warriors are also seeing a positive response when it comes to Chase Center season tickets. To this point, a reported 80% of the team’s current season ticket holders have committed to making the transition when the team opens the new arena, as renewals have come in at a strong rate. More from the San Francisco Chronicle:
“So far, 80 percent of our current season-ticket holders have committed to come over with us,” said Warriors team president Rick Welts. “I’m thrilled.”
For more than a year, the Warriors have been bringing their current season-ticket holders over to the Chase Center Experience individually to make the sales pitch, starting with the longest tenured ticket holders. The Warriors were originally hoping for a 65 percent renewal rate but, with about half of its season-ticket-holder base already pitched, thus far, 4 out of 5 have chosen to purchase tickets.
The Warriors plan to withhold about 5,000 seats for each game to be made available to the public in the 18,000-seat arena. At the rate sales are going, the team may never open up season-ticket sales to the general public.
“We may not need to,” said Welts.
If the Chase Center’s construction continues proceeding on schedule, it would mark the fourth consecutive season in which a new NBA arena opens. Golden 1 Center opened for the Sacramento Kings in 2016, while the Detroit Pistons moved into Little Caesars Arena last year, and the Milwaukee Bucks are set to play their first game at the brand-new Fiserv Forum this fall.
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