SAN FRANCISCO – With the machines blocking the halls, the duct tape on the walls and the chaos behind the scenes this week, it’s clear that all the previous events at Chase Center, the tours, the concerts, and the fight were only rehearsals for the wedding at 5 pm Saturday
It’s a preparatory match, but it’s when the Warriors, less than four months after the destruction of a city, will miss their cloakroom to marry another. Chase Center officially passes from vision to reality and becomes the official home of the Warriors.
The occasion will be, for many, a celebration of the end of the years of the project in development. San Francisco should be proud of its first life-size interior showcase.
But remember that this is a change of address for commercial purposes. Franchise owners have dreamed of a new home, have spent years acquiring it, have finally acquired it, and now pledge to pay for it.
Although it is sad to see the Warriors leave Oakland, soon after reaching their collective summit, to intensify the fire, it is neither the loss of The Town nor the victory of The City. The Warriors, after all, we’re never engaged in their 48th birthday in East Bay.
They never really belonged to Oakland and no day has happened without a reminder in the form of the nickname “Golden State”. They changed logos. They went through dozens of jersey suits, none of which featured “Oakland” on the chest. The warriors were always spiritually agitated. They accepted Oakland as a convenient “home”, largely because there was no better scenario in the 1970s in Northern California.
That’s why this movement should not be the envy of anyone in Oakland. How many tears should be shed for losing something you never had?
The Warriors were born 73 years ago in Philadelphia, where they spent their first 16 seasons. They then moved to California, where they were for nine seasons the San Francisco Warriors, taking pictures of gondola equipment and playing most of their matches at Cow Palace in Daly City, just a few steps south of San Francisco. Francisco.
The Franciscans have little evidence of animosity when the Warriors moved to Oakland in 1971. They left Cow Palace, a 30-year-old wetland that was winding downwind and could almost seat 13,000 people.
The Oakland Coliseum Arena was less than five years old. Its exterior was mainly glass, cut in the shape of a diamond. There was modern equipment, easy access to the highway and ample parking. It also had 2,500 more seats than the Cow Palace.
The measure was … a change of address for commercial purposes.
The Warriors did not come to Oakland because he was seduced by his blue-collar spirit. They came for a better sports arena. They stayed during renovations and name changes. Oracle Arena is the last because it was the best sports stadium in Central Bay.
And that will be true until Saturday when Stephen Curry and Draymond Green lead the Warriors in their first pre-season game against the Lakers, who will likely unveil their latest superstar duo, LeBron James and Anthony Davis.
The real star will be the Chase Center, which should then be dusted, polished and fully operational, with hidden cables, saved stairs and no headphones in the house.
Joe Lacob, CEO of Warriors, likes to say that the arena is built for basketball. It’s fabulous, almost ornate. Its exterior has, like Oracle, a lot of glass, which gives it a sensation of space. Their corridors are wide, their lines of sight are clean. It has 21st-century equipment, with enough private rooms to find a different one for each game until 2044.
Its access for vehicles is devilish and its parking is very limited, but some elements should capture the charm of San Francisco.
Now, some people in East Bay promise not to cross the bridge, claiming that they will support the Warriors in the comfort of their lounges and bars nearby. Much depends on the cost of assistance, which is prohibitively expensive. Part of this is the betrayal of throttling the trip. And part of that is that they feel abandoned.
Should not. The bitterness for the departure of the Oakland team should not be a factor. Unlike the Raiders, who were born and raised in Oakland, the Warriors have always rented premises. They did it for so long, spraying enough good deeds, that some considered it a marriage.
It was good as long as it lasted, but the warriors never said, “Yes, I want it.” They kept it for Saturday.
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