Yesterday, the Warriors held a successful ground breaking ceremony for Chase Center in Mission Bay. Last year was exceptionally memorable for the Warriors and for the Warriors Ground SF community!
On Friday, December 19, 2016, the entire Warriors roster, coaching staff and members of the front office hosted a Warriors Holiday Fest for 200 elementary students at San Francisco’s Bayview Opera House. Players and coaches joined the students for arts and crafts projects, cooking stations provided by Levy Cares, games and a basketball clinic. Attending students were from Bayview’s Dr. Charles R. Drew College Prep Academy, George Washington Carver Elementary School and Joseph Lee Recreation Center. This event was part of the Warriors Season of Giving community outreach initiative, as Warriors players and coaches host events to brighten the lives of Bay Area youth and families.
On October 26, 2016, The Golden State Warriors and PG&E hosted a Local Warriors Dogpatch Revitalization Day at Progress Park and I.M. Scott School. Local Dogpatch community members joined Warriors employees to help beautify Progress Park’s Dog Run, install a new pedestrian pathway and fencing along Pennsylvania Avenue, and unveil refurbished basketball courts at I.M. Scott school (which are the only public basketball courts in the neighborhood).
3 Ways the Warriors Encouraged Civic Participation This Election Cycle
Fall 2016 means two things: The start of a new NBA season, and the November General Election. Here are the top 3 ways that the Warriors showed their true Strength In Numbers during this crucial election.
The Warriors, in collaboration with Rock The Vote, created a voter registration tool that easily allowed fans to register to vote. By visiting warriors.com/vote2016, fans were redirected to a user friendly site that made voter registration possible in less than two minutes! This site was promoted over the Warriors official social media channels, including Facebook and Twitter. After the voter registration deadline passes on October 24th, warriors.com/vote2016 will show fans where to find their nearest polling place on Election Day.
2.) Secretary Of State Alex Padilla visits Warriors Ground
On October 21st, California Secretary of State Alex Padilla visited Oracle Arena for a preseason matchup against the Portland Trailblazers. In his role as Secretary of State, Alex Padilla serves as California’s Chief Election Officer and encourages nonpartisan voter outreach through the state’s Democracy at Work Program. Prior to tipoff, Secretary Padilla joined Warriors hypeman Franco Finn for a pregame interview and let Warriors fans know how to register to vote online.
3.) Voter Registration Drive
What’s election season without good old fashioned clipboards and voter registration cards? Fans arrived early for the preseason matchup against the Blazers, eagerly anticipating the Draymond Green bobblehead giveaway that awaited them at the entrance of Oracle Arena. As fans waited in line, hours before tipoff, community organizers from local Bay Area groups introduced themselves and encouraged DubNation to register to vote. Once doors opened for the evening, the Warriors made two voter registration tables available for fans inside Oracle.
Chase Center, a state-of-the-art entertainment venue that will soon be the home of the Golden State Warriors, and the two adjacent office buildings on the property, will employ union janitors as a result of an agreement between the team and SEIU Local 87.
Since announcing plans to build a new sports and entertainment complex in San Francisco, the Warriors have been committed to using union labor, according to Rick Welts, president of the team and its development arm, GSW Arena.
“We believe in using union labor at Chase Center,” Welts said. “It ensures that we will have top-notch expertise and skills to deliver a world-class experience for our fans.”
Set to open for the start of the 2019-20 NBA season, the 18,000-seat arena will anchor a district of 11 acres of restaurants, cafes, offices, public plazas and other amenities that the neighborhood currently lacks.
Chase Center will be located on a major Muni Metro rail line with easy links to BART and other transit options. It will adjoin a new 5.5-acre waterfront park. When complete, it will be the only privately financed facility of its kind built on private property in the modern era.
The team purchased the property at Third and 16th Street in San Francisco in 2014. A public planning process culminated in approval from 100% of city agencies and commissions.