Obviously, the new Chase Center won’t be as loud as the roar of Oracle Arena the last time the Golden State Warriors made it to the NBA Finals. Now that all the NBA media have noticed this fact after two games there, let’s try to get away from this point. The old arena is always louder, more fun, and it makes people feel good when they think about it because the beauty of nostalgia is all the feelings without any reality.
Home-court advantage at Chicago Stadium, “the loudest arena in the NBA,” according to AP announcer Ray Clay and probably anyone who plugged their ears during roster introductions departure, was very real. From 1990 to 1994, they went 37-7 at home through the playoffs en route to three NBA championships. However, the building opened in 1929 and the Bulls would move into a new arena across the street from 1994-95. People had a lot of love for this tattered old building, but the United Center is a better stadium with a good atmosphere when there is a team worth watching inside. However, the words on those out of bounds outline below the basket say at least the same thing to UC as they do to Chicago Stadium: Chicago Bulls.
The Warriors made a change at Chase Center. At Oracle, the colored in-bounds and out-of-bounds area always read Golden State Warriors, even during the 2007 “We Believe” playoffs. At Chase, it always reads “Golden State Warriors” along a line of base, but stenciled on the other is “San Francisco”.
This new arena was not built across the street, it was built across the bridge. When the San Francisco Warriors moved to Oracle — then the Oakland Coliseum — in 1971, they were renamed the Golden State Warriors. The team had to represent a region instead of a single city. Makes sense, especially in the Bay Area. MLB had the San Francisco Giants and Oakland A’s, and in the NFL there were the San Francisco 49ers and Oakland Raiders, but anyone in the bay could fight with the Warriors. They served the same purpose as the Baltimore Orioles for DC and Baltimore, just with a more inclusive name.
Now the Warriors are heading back across the bay, a move the owner Joe Lacob wanted to do for years. It might not seem like a big deal that all of a sudden the name of the city the Warriors are playing in was in big print on the playing surface, but it was a conscious decision. The new Arena was meant to be as similar to Oracle as possible, just with a few Silicon Valley goodies for features and more luxury boxes.
The white jerseys the Warriors wore in their 107-88 win over the Boston Celtics on Sunday are exactly the same as when they lost in the NBA Finals to the Toronto Raptors in Game 6 of the NBA Finals. NBA 2019, the last NBA game of all time. played Oracle. The court looked much the same, too — minus the Warriors’ NBA 75th anniversary celebration logo mid-court and a few league YouTube TV commercials. But the words San Francisco stand out on this baseline.
It’s where the Warriors started playing at Chase Center in the fall of 2019, as they made all sorts of attempts to try to indulge themselves in San Francisco – even though they were literally the basketball team. local ball for 60 years. They wore San Francisco jerseys and sometimes went with a San Francisco Warriors median logo. These are efforts that I don’t recall being made towards Oakland until they said goodbye.
Then, in 2020-21, there were no more fans at Chase Center because of the pandemic, and guess what, the baseline no longer had San Francisco on it. Both read Golden State Warriors with a few extra commercials. But when the fans came back this season, San Francisco went back to the baseline.
The Warriors are still hosting events in Oakland. They are charities throughout the Bay Area, and last season had the full Oakland uniform edition and court design from the Warriors’ “We Believe/We Mostly Sucked” era. The Bay Area television market is the sixth largest in the United States. Most certainly, the Warriors want every TV in that market tuned to NBC Sports Bay Area from October through April, but what they intentionally did with that baseline shows that the Warriors organization left his heart in San Francisco the moment Lacob had the idea to buy the team. So if you feel like the energy at Chase Center is lacking at times, it probably has something to do with that big “San Francisco” staring at you from under one of the baskets.