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Our guide to Chase Center in San Francisco, the new home of the Golden State Warriors, includes information on events, tickets, parking, public transportation, nearby hotels and restaurants, seating and more. Read on to find out how to get the most out of your gameday experience.

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The opening of Chase Center in San Francisco for events in the fall of 2019 represents the dawn of a new era for its home team, the Golden State Warriors, in a number of ways.

Start with the obvious — the fact that the Warriors moved back across San Francisco Bay after 47 years in Oakland, playing at the arena that was known until recently as Oracle Arena. It’s a return for the franchise, which was known as the San Francisco Warriors from 1962 to ’71 (but actually played its home games at the Cow Palace in the neighboring town of Daly City).

In Oakland, the Warriors saw both tremendous lows (a 12-season streak without appearing in the playoffs) and spectacular highs (five straight seasons reaching the NBA Finals, three of which they won). The latter run coincided with the end of the team’s stay at Oracle Arena, leading to quite a bit of nostalgia over the old place as Chase Center neared completion and the team’s days in Oaktown started to dwindle away.

Chase Center clearly has the technological advances that Oracle Arena didn’t, but will the move across the Bay result in an identity change for the Warriors franchise? Time will tell, of course, but it will certainly be interesting to see how the experience of watching an NBA game differs between the two buildings.

Say this, though: Chase Center has already been a boon for a San Francisco community that had lacked a large-scale events center for so many years. Many prime concerts have played Chase Center in its first year, a trend that figures to continue for years to come.

For more on visiting San Francisco, check out our San Francisco Bay Area sports travel guide.

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Getting to Chase Center

Built alongside the Bay, Chase Center is located in an up-and-coming district of San Francisco known as Mission Bay, a little less than a mile south of the Giants’ Oracle Park. It isn’t exactly a touristy part of town, so if you’re unfamiliar with the layout of San Francisco, it’s worth studying up on the arena’s location.

It’s not typically advisable to drive into “The City” for any large-scale event, what with traffic such an issue and parking at a premium throughout San Francisco. Despite the fact that the UCSF Medical Center campus is across the street, parking in any of the structures there will be severely restricted for Chase Center patrons. For parking information, click here.

Depending on where in the region you’re coming from, the public transportation options will differ. From Peninsula cities such as Palo Alto, Redwood City and San Mateo, and as far south as San Jose, the CalTrain commuter line heads northward to its terminus at 4th and King streets, one block from Oracle Park. From there, you can walk down 4th or 3rd streets to the arena. 

Meanwhile, from the East Bay (Oakland and the rest of Alameda County), many fans will take a BART train into San Francisco, but then the nearest station to Chase Center is still two miles away. At the Embarcadero you can catch a Muni train (Muni being San Francisco’s rail system) — take the T line, which runs south past Oracle Park to the UCSF/Chase Center stop at the arena’s doorstep. For the arena’s first season, riders holding a valid ticket to a same-day Chase Center event are permitted to ride Muni for free.

If you’re staying in San Francisco’s Financial District or SOMA (South of Market) and feel up for it, walking might be a desirable option. Simply walk south on the Embarcadero to Oracle Park and then turn left at 3rd Street, cross the Lefty O’Doul Bridge and head straight for Chase Center. The walk will be about two miles but you’ll be treated to great views of the water and Bay Bridge.

There’s one other way to get to the arena work check out: Take the ferry. Warriors game-night service is offered from Jack London Square in Oakland (one adult round-trip fare: $19.20) and the town of Larkspur in Marin County (one adult one-way fare: $14). Both routes drop off at Pier 48½, a half-mile north of the arena.

San Francisco hotels near Chase Center

Hyatt Place San Francisco/Downtown – 1.1 miles away
Hotel Via – 1.1 miles away
Courtyard by Marriott San Francisco Downtown – 1.7 miles away
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Things to do around Chase Center

The surrounding Mission Bay neighborhood has been growing in recent years, with an influx of new residential and retail construction, and the opening of Chase Center figures to help keep that growth on a steady pace.

As a result, the nearby blocks are full of independently owned restaurants and bars that cater to the event crowd, and there’s plenty of foot traffic on the streets. For one guide to restaurants near the arena, click here.

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The Warriors did their part by devoting the extra space on the block where Chase Center sits to an outdoor plaza dubbed Thrive City, which will include not only bars and eateries but office towers, a Chase bank branch (of course) and even a yoga studio. The Warriors team store is in this plaza as well, and more businesses are set to open as the arena becomes more established.

If you’re looking for more of a sports-fan type atmosphere, there are more of those types of establishments closer to Oracle Park, such as Giants-fan favorites Local Tap and Polo Grounds Pub, both on 3rd Street north of the ballpark. One option within Thrive City, Harmonic Brewing, was set to open in early 2020.

San Francisco restaurants near Chase Center

Stem Kitchen and Garden – American, 0.2 miles away
SF Kebab – Mediterranean, 0.2 miles away
Mission Rock Resort – seafood, 0.2 miles away
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Watching a game at Chase Center

At first glance it’s easy to confuse Chase Center with Miami’s AmericanAirlines Arena, as both are shiny, round, large buildings on the waterfront and nestled within dense urban areas. The waterfront location certainly gives off a nice vibe and it’s a pretty good setup for what fans will experience when they go inside.

Entering the arena through Thrive City, you’re greeted outside with a large TV screen and a wide entrance with numerous turnstiles. Inside you’ll find a wide main concourse, a welcome change from the cramped concourses of Oracle Arena, though there are many parts of the arena that are designated for VIPs or club patrons.

Built for basketball and lacking the extra space on the event floor that combo basketball/hockey arenas have, Chase Center offers a more intimate experience for watching the Warriors. Though if you’re sitting in the highest rows of the 200 level (aka the upper deck), the HD videoboard spans nearly the full length of the court — it’s the largest in the NBA — and is hard to take your eyes off of, even while the action is going on.

The 200 level does have its own bar area behind one of the baskets. The Modelo Cantina is similar to club-level offerings at most arenas, with buffet-style service, a full-service bar and some seating areas that overlook the court. Any patron can enter the Cantina but getting food will set you back $55, and that doesn’t include drinks.

Note also that if you’re a Chase bank customer, you’ll have access to some of the perks around the arena. Info on how to get them can be found here; unsurprisingly, the access is limited.

Food and drink at Chase Center

You’ll find the food options at Chase Center events to be a little more, shall we say, sophisticated than at Oracle Arena, but that’s not necessarily a bad thing. Great lengths were taken to keep the purveyors local and true to Bay Area cuisine.

Thus at Chase Center you’ll find intriguing stands like Bakesale Betty (based in Oakland and famous for fried chicken sandwiches), Big Nate’s BBQ (named after Warriors legend Nate Thurmond, who once operated his own barbecue restaurant), the Sarap Shop (serving Filipino-American cuisine) and Sam’s Chowder House (based in Half Moon Bay and selling clam chowder and lobster rolls).

It’s definitely worth walking around the arena one time or two to survey all your options. An overview of concessions stands operating at the time of Chase Center’s opening can be found here.

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    Home Teams
    Golden State Warriors

    Address
    1 Warriors Way
    San Francisco, CA 94158

    Year Opened
    2019

    Capacity
    18,064

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