SBD/March 15, 2017/Facilities

Warriors Unveil Chase Center Design, Which Is Surrounded By Public Parks, Retail Venues

The future home of the Warriors yesterday "came into clearer focus," as the team unveiled a "futuristic design surrounded by public parks, retail venues and upgraded transit facilities," according to Al Saracevic of the S.F. CHRONICLE. Team officials offered a virtual tour of Chase Center, which will include a "high-tech sales office" and luxury suites. Attendees also saw a "bevy of high-tech displays, artist renderings and miniature models." The arena, which is slated to open in '19, will "feature two major entrances and lobbies." The surrounding area also will "feature more than 580,000 square feet of office space and 100,000 square feet of leased retail properties." Warriors President & COO Rick Welts said, "We want this to be a place for everyone. This is going to be more than an arena." Saracevic notes the Warriors will begin "selling 44 luxury 'club suites' and season tickets to high-dollar customers" as soon as today. The Warriors "expect more than 200 events per year at the arena." The team also "showed off computer renderings of the interior concourse areas, which the Warriors promise will be 30-feet wide, a 10-foot improvement on Oracle Arena." There will be "only one row of luxury suites, all of which will feature high-end amenities like granite counter tops." Club-like bars will be "available on every level, including the upper bowl" (S.F. CHRONICLE, 3/15).

MODERN HOME: In San Jose, Karl Mondon notes the Warriors' Chase Center Experience is a "high-tech interactive sales office, complete with a full-scale luxury suite and replicas of the franchise’s four championship trophies and rings, to help lure prospective season ticket holders into picking their seats" (SAN JOSE MERCURY NEWS, 3/15). In S.F., Ron Leuty noted the Warriors have "focused the sales center on bells and whistles that give as much visual information as possible with an opening more than two years away." One room "features a 'Light Bright' wall -- named for the old game using colored pegs to make images -- where buyers can mark their suites and seats" (BIZJOURNALS.com, 3/14).
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