Chase Center (San Francisco)

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Chase Center
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Address Mission Bay Blocks 29-32[1]
Location San Francisco, California
Coordinates 37°46′05″N 122°23′15″W / 37.76806°N 122.38750°W / 37.76806; -122.38750Coordinates: 37°46′05″N 122°23′15″W / 37.76806°N 122.38750°W / 37.76806; -122.38750
Public transit BSicon LOGO SFmuni.svg UCSF/Mission Bay T Third Street
Type Arena
Capacity 18,064
Field size 900,000 square feet (84,000 m2)
Broke ground January 17, 2017
Architect MANICA Architecture (Design architect)
Gensler (Interiors)
Structural engineer Walter P Moore, Magnusson Klemencic Associates
Services engineer Walter P Moore (Facade/Enclosure)
General contractor Clark Construction Group / Mortenson Construction
Golden State Warriors (NBA) (2019–)

Chase Center is a multi-purpose arena under construction in the Mission Bay neighborhood of San Francisco. The building will mainly be used for basketball, and is planned to become the new home venue for the National Basketball Association (NBA)'s Golden State Warriors. The Warriors, who have been located in the San Francisco Bay Area since 1962, have played their home games at Oracle Arena in Oakland since 1971. The arena is scheduled to open to the public before the start of the 2019–20 NBA season, with groundbreaking having occurred during the 2016–17 NBA season.

A map of Chase Center's planned location.

Location and design[edit]

The name of Chase Center was announced on January 28, 2016, as part of an agreement with JPMorgan Chase.[2][3][4] The planned location for the arena, which would house the Golden State Warriors, is in San Francisco[5] at Third St. and 16th St.[6] The location will have an overlook of the water. The arena will have multiple layers and floors and will have a seating capacity of 18,000 people. It will also include a multi-purpose area that includes a theater configuration with an entrance overlooking a newly built park. It will contain 580,000 square feet (54,000 m2) of office and lab space and have 100,000 square feet (9,300 m2) of retail space. There will also be a public plaza/recreation area designed by landscape architecture firm SWA Group that is 35,000 square feet.[7] The construction will include a parking facility of about 950 spaces and will be accessible to the public transportation around the area.[5] A new subway line is also under construction that will link the arena and the University of California, San Francisco to downtown hotels, convention centers and subway and commuter rail lines that serve the entire Bay Area. With a one-billion-dollar investment, Chase Center will anchor a district of 11 acres of restaurants, cafés, offices, public plazas and a new five-and-a-half-acre public waterfront park.[4]

Planned opening[edit]

Construction in April 2018

The plan for building a new arena was announced on May 22, 2012, at a Golden State Warriors press conference at the proposed site, attended by then-San Francisco Mayor Ed Lee, then-NBA Commissioner David Stern, California Lt. Governor Gavin Newsom, owners Joe Lacob and Peter Guber, and Warriors staff and city officials.[8] A new privately financed, $500 million 17,000 to 19,000-seat arena was planned to be located on Pier 30-32 along the San Francisco Bay waterfront, situated between the San Francisco Ferry Building and AT&T Park.[9] A month after the proposal, the South Beach-Rincon-Mission Bay Neighborhood Association criticized the site and said that a second major league sport venue in the area would make it no longer "family friendly".[10] Former San Francisco mayor Art Agnos began speaking to dozens of community gatherings in opposition to the proposed arena, stating that the project was pushed by two out-of-town billionaires and would severely impact traffic and city views.[11] On December 30, 2013, a ballot proposition was submitted to the city titled the "Waterfront Height Limit Right to Vote Act".[12] The initiative made it onto the June 2014 ballot as Proposition B, and its passage would affect three major waterfront developments, including the proposed Warriors arena.[13]

On April 19, 2014, the Warriors abandoned plans for the pier site and purchased a 12-acre site owned by at the Mission Bay neighborhood for an undisclosed amount. The arena project will be financed privately.[14] The architect for the project is MANICA Architecture and the current plan for Chase Center is to have it built by 2019 before the NBA season starts.[5] The plan for Chase Center to open earlier was pushed back multiple times due to many complaints about the location.[6] Construction on the arena began in January 2017.[5]

In April 2015, the Mission Bay site was opposed by the Mission Bay Alliance, which cited traffic, lack of parking, and use of space that could go to UCSF expansion among other things as their reasons for opposition. Their complaint is that Chase Center will be located near UCSF Benioff Children’s Hospital and will create more traffic. Others say that this area can be used to expand the campus of UCSF.[6] To avoid the plan to build Chase Center being voided, representatives of the project have been working to address these issues such as traffic and parking.[15]

The Golden State Warriors had the official groundbreaking ceremony for Chase Center on January 17, 2017.[16]


Many people feel that constructing a new arena for the Warriors is a bad idea because it's seen as a manifestation of the global phenomenon of gentrification.[17][18] Additionally, many who supported the Warriors throughout their years at Oracle Arena feel betrayed by the team's decision to relocate to San Francisco.[19] There is also the issue of public costs associated with the new arena, both in San Francisco[20][21] and Oakland.[22]

In the 2018 San Francisco elections, Proposition I was placed on the ballot as "an initiative to discourage the relocation of established sports teams"[23] in direct response to the proposed move of the Warriors from Oakland to San Francisco.[24][25] Though meant to block the move, the terms of this proposed law were non-binding.[26] Proposition I was defeated on June 5, 2018[27] after receiving over 59,000 votes.[28]


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