The Warriors have selected Genseler, a global architecture firm founded and based in the Bay Area, to design the interior of the Chase Center. Gensler is widely regarded as the world’s leading collaborative design firm, and has been responsible for the interiors of several other sport venues including the Cleveland Brown’s FirstEnergy Stadium, the new $250 million stadium for the MLS expansion team, the Los Angeles Football Club, and the Oakland A’s spring training facility, Hohokam Stadium.
Warriors Chief Operating Officer of the Chase Center stated, “Gensler is a perfect fit for Chase Center, bringing both incredible local experience and extensive global expertise to our project – and of course a track record of architectural excellence. We want an arena that is a reflection of the Bay Area, but also a stand-out in the world of sports and entertainment. Gensler will help us achieve that mission.”
With the addition of Gensler, the Warriors move one step closer to the 2019 opening of the Chase Center.
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Warriors Ground SF is thrilled to welcome Spark Social SF to Mission Bay! Spark Social, a food truck court and urban gathering space, is located only a few blocks from the Chase Center arena site. Spark features eight rotating food trucks, a permanent bar and coffee shop, and is able to host a wide array of community events.
We caught up with Spark Social owner, Carlos Muela, on why he ultimately chose to set up shop in Mission Bay.
“I spent some time checking out the neighborhood and doing a lot of research about all the exciting things happening. It didn't take long for me to pull the trigger and decide to move forward with this location” says Muela. “The fact that Mission Bay is one the very few neighborhoods that has both a huge amount of day time office workers and a large amount of residents (plus the fact the Warriors are eventually coming in), made this location a no brainer for us. The response so far has been amazing! The neighborhood is loving us and is continually thanking us for opening up here. We hope to add a spark to this new and exciting neighborhood.”
For more information, check out SPARK Social’s website
Warriors president Rick Welts at the 2015 Pride Parade
The Warriors are excited to participate in the 46th annual San Francisco Pride Celebration and Parade on Sunday, June 26th. Pride, a San Francisco institution, celebrates the rich heritage and culture of the LGBT community. The Warriors contingent in the parade will be led by last year’s grand marshal, and Warriors President and Chief Operating Officer, Rick Welts. The theme of this year’s parade, “For Racial and Economic Equality,” aims to shine a light on the global problem of accessibility to LGBT rights.
The Parade begins Sunday, June 26th, at 10:30am at Market and Beale, and concludes at Market and 8th.
On Friday, June 17th, lawyers for the Warriors and the arena-opposing Mission Bay Alliance began oral arguments over whether the team’s proposed 18,000-seat Mission Bay arena was properly vetted during the city’s environmental review. The two sides will also argue over whether the arena and the project’s two mid-rise office buildings comply with voter-approved limits on new office space.
The legal team is feeling confident about the upcoming proceedings, claiming the Warriors have “run the table on all the political and regulatory votes” so far. Warriors spokesperson P.J. Johnston, stated on that the Warriors “expect to be every bit as successful in a court of law as they have been on the basketball court.”
On June 12th, Warriors Ground SF was happy to participate in another successful Sunday Streets in Golden Gate Park!
Our team set up with other organizations along JFK and 36th, a prime spot for pedestrian and bike traffic. Residents of the Sunset, Richmond District, and beyond came out to learn about the Warriors’ move to the city and the Chase Center. People were excited to hear about the new arena development, especially with the NBA finals in full swing and the possibility of a back to back championship.
The American Express Fan Van was also out at Sunday Streets, and kids and adults alike enjoyed shooting free-throws on their mobile basketball court, getting free swag, and showing their Warriors spirit. Other organizations at this Sunday Streets included the San Francisco Bike Coalition, Friends of the Urban Forest, the YMCA, and many more. We were excited to be out in the community on such a beautiful June day, and can’t wait to participate in July’s Sunday Streets in the Tenderloin!