SAN FRANCISCO - Golden State Warriors fans came with high hopes and high spirits Tuesday for the opening game of the 2023-2024 NBA season at Chase Center between the Warriors and the Phoenix Suns.
The dramatic back-and-forth battle brought the Suns' Kevin Durant, a former Warriors' star, back to San Francisco, delivering a 108 to 104 loss in the end to the Warriors team.
Some fans sported Durant's former #35 Warriors jersey, including Debbie Canning of San Leandro who embellished her look with head-to-toe, gold and blue sequins.
"Made my hat, made my shoes," said Canning.
Warriors fans shared why they love the Golden State team.
"They just make you feel warm. They make you feel inviting like you want to be a fan," said Lou Amador, a San Francisco native who lives in Burlingame.
"It's exciting. It's just exciting to be here and to be ticket owners," said his wife Irene Amador.
The team also sets an example for children such as Eden Allen of Dublin.
"Sportsmanship and I like how the players...how they play," said Eden.
"They feel like family. We've grown up with them, so I love them so much," said Adine Le, Warriors fan
"Lifelong Warriors fans. We can't wait. I think this is the year they can do it again," said Matt Farrell, saying the Warriors' teamwork makes them special, "The selflessness, it's about the whole team."
Some fans say during these tough times, the opening game made them feel gratitude in being together.
"Especially being able to spend time with my family, with my daughter cause I know that's not reality for a lot of people right now," said Sherina Allen of Dublin.
Inside Chase Center, fans received a new, navy blue Warriors t-shirt for the new season.
The theme this year is "Make 'Em Look"
Many fans have high hopes for another winning season.
"Excited about the new year. We're very excited. Let's go Warriors," said Ernest East of Antioch.
"I was there when they were giving away tickets at the old Oracle," said Kelvin Alexander of Pittsburg, "Now, they have so much energy, and I'm just really excited about what's to come."