Warriors' Chase Center Layoffs Largest Confirmed In Bay Area
The Warriors "laid off 1,720 part-time event staff in mid-March -- the largest cuts at a single Bay Area location to date" during the coronavirus pandemic, according to Connor Letourneau of the S.F. CHRONICLE. Warriors VP/Communications Raymond Ridder said that the employees "will return to work as soon as Chase Center is allowed to begin hosting events again." Letourneau notes employees were "notified shortly after the NBA suspended play March 11 to help curtail the spread of the coronavirus." The layoffs were "limited to employees whose job requires a game or event," and the Warriors are "providing supplemental relief grants and payments to those part-time employees who've been laid off." The Chase Center layoffs are the "largest confirmed local cuts to date." Meanwhile, the Warriors already stand to lose $25M "at the gate alone if its final seven home games are canceled, and that's on top of the revenue it's accustomed to netting -- and won't get -- from a potential playoff run" (S.F. CHRONICLE, 5/12).