On Thursday, January 28th, GSW Arena LLC and JP Morgan Chase announced that the new sports and entertainment center in Mission Bay will officially be named “Chase Center.”
The announcement was made in true championship fashion at San Francisco’s own Masonic Auditorium as representatives from Chase and the Golden State Warriors packed the house. President and CEO of JPMorgan Chase, Jamie Dimon, was joined by Warriors front office staff for a Q&A session emceed by ESPN anchor, Sage Steele.
Following the much-anticipated announcement, the crowd was treated to a special performance by Charles Kelly of the Grammy award-winning, Lady Antebellum.
“This partnership is a great example of our commitment to the Bay Area and how important this market is to us,” said Jamie Dimon, Chairman and CEO, JPMorgan Chase. “The Bay Area is a beacon for technology, innovation and education and we expect that Chase Center will become a beacon of great art, culture, sports and entertainment for this great community.”
In addition to arena naming rights, we were thrilled to find that JPMorgan Chase is committed to investing 25 million dollars over the next three years to drive economic growth for underserved Bay Area communities.
We can’t wait for the Chase Center to open in 2019!
This past week Warriors All-Star Guard Klay Thompson joined youth from San Francisco’s Chinese Community Development Center (CCDC) to tip-off Chinese New Year!
Thompson was joined by Warriors President/COO Rick Welts, KTVU news anchor Claudine Wong, and executive director of CCDC Rev. Norman Fong—who spent the evening touring San Francisco’s oldest alley, Ross Alley. The festivities began with a Q&A session inside Ross Alley Gallery where a student from the “Adopt an Alley Way” watched and cheered on in excitement as Thompson spoke about his experiences in China and showed off the Warriors Chinese New Jerseys. Every year students from Balboa participate in programs that promote the cleaning and up-keep of the alleyways deep in Chinatown.
The next stop on the tour was Mr. Jun Yu’s barbershop where Thompson listened to Yu’s traditional Chinese musical played on the Erhu. Although Mr. Yu’s face was filled with excitement when he shook Thompson’s hand, he is no stranger to the celebrity spotlight—Mr. Yu was featured on various news stations and even a cameo in the movie, Pursuit of Happiness with Will Smith.
After promising not to burn his fingers, Thompson visited the renowned Golden Gate Fortune Cookie Factory where he took part in an age-old tradition of making fortune cookies. This unique San Francisco attraction is a must when visiting Chinatown. Onlookers were offered fresh samples of fortune cookies as Thompson made the task of folding the cookies look as easy as a 3-point shot.
The last stop on the tour Thompson was able to watch a traditional Chinese lion dance performance by a local youth group. The performance featured unique acrobatic dance moves to the rigorous beat of the Chinese drummers that are known for their enthusiasm and rich expressions. The tour came full circle and ended back at Ross Alley Galley where the youth took photos and celebrated to bring in the year of the Monkey.
Photo Credit Scott R. Kline Photography
As someone that lives and works in Dogpatch, a lifelong Bay Area resident, and a huge fan of the Warriors I am a strong supporter of the Warriors proposed arena project in Mission Bay.
I am very excited about the project for many reasons, but mostly because of the dramatic positive changes that it will make in the day-to-day use of the neighborhood for workers, neighbors, visitors, and my family and friends.
Every day I walk my dog and after leaving my place, just a couple blocks from the proposed site, I quite often walk along Bay Front / Agua Vista Park and think about the dramatic difference the project will make there. As I walk north, away from Dogpatch, the waterfront park is a small sliver of barely usable land with a few picnic tables, a fishing pier, and an occasional bench. Once Terry A Francois Blvd curves away from the water it expands into open space that today is covered in a mix of old concrete, rocks, weeds, and litter. In the water, there are a few long abandoned, broken, mostly sunken piers. Across the road mired with pot holes, there are giant mounds of dirt covered in plastic and fields of seemingly long forgotten construction projects. After it rains, there are standing pools of water filled with garbage and pond scum. Even though it has an amazing view across the bay, the Bay Bridge, the large dry docks with interesting ships, Sutro Tower, and the city; in that area today, it almost looks like a post-apocalyptic wasteland.
With the building of the new arena, the city and SF port will be able to transform that entire waterfront area into a welcoming expanse of green space that is usable by everyone. The small sliver of mixed-use trail will be expanded with the straightening of Terry A Francois into a large park. It will include a lawn and park features that people can hang out on before the myriad events at the arena, have picnics at during the many warm sunny days we get in this area of the city, workers can eat their lunches on, nature lovers can view the myriad bay birds that frequent there (and occasional marine mammal), runners will take a rest at, commuters will watch the sunrise from, and in the evening people will relax with friends and loved ones next to the water. It will also hopefully include building out a new ferry terminal that can be used during games, special events, and maybe daily commuting. This doesn’t even go into the positive changes the project will have along 3rd Street with the building of restaurants, bars, retail shops, and pedestrian-friendly open areas.
Since the start of this process, the Warriors have worked closely with neighbors, various interest groups, the city, and anyone that wanted their voice heard. I am very much looking forward to the day ground is broken, the finishing day of construction, watching games in the new arena, and most especially the many years that we will all be able to better enjoy and use this gorgeous area of the most beautiful city in the world.
Here at Warriors Ground SF, we love good barbecue almost as much as we love Warriors basketball. Needless to say, we were excited to hear that San Francisco’s newest, family owned BBQ spot, Black Bark, opened for business in the Fillmore district in January.
On Saturday, January 30th, Warriors Ground SF held a watch party at Black Bark as the Dubs took on the Philadelphia 76ers. Over 30 enthusiastic Warriors fans from San Francisco attended the event and learned more about the Chase Center’s 2019 opening. The game was a little too close for comfort, but the Warriors got the W as Harrison Barnes nailed a game-winning three pointer as time expired.
We caught up with Black Bark owner, Monetta White after the event.
A huge Warriors fan herself, Monetta stated, “As a native San Franciscan I’m thrilled to have the Warriors move back to the City—just as we’re bringing barbecue back to the Fillmore!”
On Monday, January 11th, more than 1,000 local firefighters and law enforcement officers cheered on the Warriors during Local Heroes Night at Oracle Arena. For the third consecutive year, the team has celebrated the brave men and women that serve our communities each day across the Bay Area.
Warriors Ground SF was proud to host the San Francisco Fire Fighters Local 798 for the festivities. Prior to the game, they took the court to face off against other Bay Area based fire departments for the Danny Armenta Memorial tournament. SFFD Local 798 had a great time competing against fellow firefighters from Oakland and Alameda as each team tried to score as many Steph Curry-esque threes as possible!
Afterwards, members of Local 798 also spent some time learning about the new arena in San Francisco. We had a chance to catch up with SFFD Lieutenant and Local 798 Board member, Shon Buford, who said, "The San Francisco Fire Fighters Local 798 find the Warriors to be a great community partner who have shown an impressive commitment to collaboration within our community. We're excited to welcome them back home to San Francisco!"
Warriors Ground SF would like to thank all of our Local Heroes! We look forward to celebrating your service in our community for years to come.