Getting there: Trains, boats, bikes, buses and automobiles
When the Chase Center’s location was announced in 2014, opposition to the venue quickly centered around the traffic the project would add to the Mission Bay neighborhood, which Major League Baseball’s San Francisco Giants also call home.
The San Francisco Bay Area ranks in the top five when it comes to traffic congestion in the United States and residents wanted to know how the Golden State Warriors would alleviate their concerns. Chase Center has limited parking underneath the arena but also includes amenities such as a bike valet for cyclists, designated areas for fans using ride-sharing services, and free access to the city’s transit system.
“Transportation is a big thing here; San Francisco’s struggling to say the least,” said Warriors President and COO Rick Welts. “But so far, so good. We’ve just had tremendous luck with our efforts.”
On game and event days, a ticket to the Chase Center serves as a full-day pass on San Francisco’s transportation system. Welts said the arena has seen a great response, with a 30% to 40% adoption rate of the option.
For Warriors fans who now have to make the trek from the team’s former home in Oakland, the trip can involve a car, bus and trains.
“I like the arena, but the trip is hard right now,” said Ernie Fierro, an East Bay resident and Warriors season-ticket holder since 2005.
Fierro will soon have one more option: The Warriors have a temporary ferry service but a new permanent terminal will be complete by 2021. The ferry is expected to transport up to 1,700 fans from Oakland’s Jack London Square for a 20-minute ride to the Chase Center, Welts said.