Town business: Steph Curry and Warriors could be in for a long season in ‘The City’
SAN FRANCISCO – Stephen Curry is still getting used to his drive to the new Chase Center in San Francisco after driving to Oracle Arena for the last 10 years in East Oakland. Although the clock has run out for the Golden State Warriors in “The Town,” Curry can’t help but peek over from time to time on his way to work in “The City.”
“Driving up, sometimes you can see across the Bay. I blow a little kiss and give a little shout-out,” Curry told The Undefeated.
The Warriors played at one of the loudest and most intimidating venues in sports for the last 47 seasons in Oakland. Yes, Oracle Arena was old and rundown, but it was beloved like Wrigley Field and Fenway Park. Meanwhile, the biggest indoor venue in the famous city of San Francisco was the Bill Graham Civic Auditorium, which holds 8,500 people. Bill Graham Auditorium was once the San Francisco Civic Auditorium, where the Warriors played their last regular-season game in San Francisco against the Buffalo Braves on Jan. 29, 1971.
The Braves are now the LA Clippers, who happened to ruin the Warriors’ opening night by routing the Western Conference champs 141-122 in their new $2 billion arena on Thursday.
The 18,064-seat Mission Bay neighborhood venue may have more bells and whistles than any arena in the world. The outside plaza has a 74-foot by 42-foot HD screen for fans to watch games. A 5.5-acre park across the street and numerous restaurants are coming soon. The LED scoreboard is the largest in the NBA at 9,669 square feet. There are 32 courtside suites, 44 club-level suites and 60 four-person suites on the top level with a lot of unique basketball art. There is even a bicycle storage center.
The Warriors’ new circular locker room has a television and wireless charger in every stall. The practice facility in the arena has two full courts and a state-of-the-art weight room. The new visiting team’s locker room also has a players-only room, coaches room, head coach office, executive’s office and dining room. One Warriors official described the new practice facility as a “country club.”