OAKLAND, Calif. (KTVU) - With Game 1 of the NBA Championship Finals hours away, crews at Oracle Arena are putting on the last minute touches.
On Wednesday night at Lake Chalet Restaurant in Oakland, the Warriors hosted a private party to thank their supporters.
The Warriors rolled out the blue carpet for their 600 invited guests. They were greeted with yellow roses, reflective of the team colors.
The Warriors’ front office, including President Rick Welts, was in attendance.
"It's a combination of excitement and butterflies. We're going to have such a wonderful international stage tomorrow night a chance to do something that's a dream of any team : win back-to- back championships," said Welts.
City officials were on the guest list. Oakland Mayor Libby Schaaf didn't attend, but her Chief of Staff Tomiquia Moss came.
She says when the Warriors win, Oakland wins.
"It lifts people up in the city. I saw it last year. I see it right now.
It's tremendous," said Moss.
At Oracle Arena, crews put t-shirts on every seat, a task that takes hours.
Others installed "Strength in Numbers" banners.
"The buzz is getting stronger and stronger. The mood is let's get to Thursday. Let's get the game. Let's get to tip off. We want to get there," said Anthony Vail, Oracle Arena's Director of Operations.
Getting there means making sure all the cameras, microphones and lights are working.
"We'll walk the entire building later on to make sure everything is in place," said Vail.
Back at the party at Lake Chalet Restaurant, Joseph Imonti, who works for Levy, a company that supplies the food and beverages during warrior games says he's relishing in the moment.
He tells KTVU he will be at work early Thursday morning at Oracle Arena
"Making sure all the concession stands are stocked and full and ready to go."
As for fans attending Game 1 at Oracle Arena, they're in for a treat: a yellow "Strength in Numbers" t-shirt with something new in the back: an autograph from every player on the team.