SAN FRANCISCO (KTVU) - The Golden State Warriors will tip-off the 2019-20 preseason at the newly built Chase Center on Saturday, Oct. 5 against the Los Angeles Lakers.
The preseason opener will be the first game ever played at the stadium and marks the first NBA game in San Francisco since Jan. 29, 1971, when the Warriors defeated the Buffalo Braves, 106-100 at the Civic Auditorium.
KTVU got an inside look at the Warriors new home and it was nothing short of amazing.
Warriors President Rick Welts said after seven years of planning and breaking ground two years ago, it's finally good to be settled in.
"It's been an amazing journey, it hasn't always been easy, nothing is," Welts said. "A project this size in San Francisco is daunting, to say the least. But, you can see we are on the verge of cutting a ribbon."
While the team was ready to show off the court, they wanted to keep some parts under wraps. The locker room and workout facility were open for all to see, but no photos or videos were allowed.
The entire organization will now be under one roof, which is one of their keys to building team spirit.
"One thing the team has stressed since I got here is collaboration. To have everybody together," said Raymond Ridder, vice president of communications for the Warriors. "To have our basketball people, our business people and our players all in one area that's going to be great. I mean, collaboration was a word we've always hung our hat on."
There won't be a bad seat in the house, even when the arena is packed with 18,000 fans.
"One of the best things about Chase Center and one of the things we're most proud of is, whether you're sitting on the floor or the last row of the buildings you have an unbelievable experience," said Brandon Schneider, senior vice president of business development.
Single-game tickets go on sale to the general public on Tuesday at 4 p.m. Season ticket holders get early access and can grab tickets as early as 9 a.m.