Tag: Chase Center

Chase Center Welcomes Way

Sheena Way was named vice president of content and programming for San Francisco’s Chase Center, the NBA’s Golden State Warriors and the arena announced Monday. 

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Arenas: Inside Job

TOUCH AND GO: Amazon technology is part of the post-COVID upgrades planned for Staples Center. (Courtesy Staples Center) Big league arenas remake their systems, processes for post-COVID audiences Big league arena managers are taking the first steps toward adding layers of protection to their venues by going cashless, upgrading ventilation systems and eliminating “touch points” that can allow chances for contamination. As part of the process, multiple NBA and NHL venues are pursuing accreditation for health and safety standards. Some are forming health and hygiene divisions and appointing officers to supervise higher levels of sanitation. NBA arena managers participate in regular calls with league officials to discuss best practices and which virus technology services make the most sense for them, considering they’re getting pitched by a parade of vendors, said Erin Schnieders, the NBA’s senior vice president and head of arena development and standards. Sixty to 70 people participate in […]

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For arenas, all events on ‘hold’ during pandemic

Metallica christened Chase Center last September in San Francisco. This year, the pandemic has blown up the typical process for arenas booking sports and live entertainment. (Don Muret / Staff) Uncertainty over 2020-21 NBA and NHL seasons makes it tough to fill calendars The pandemic has thrown a wrench into the booking process for big league arenas as they reschedule special events and book new dates without knowing the specifics of the NBA and NHL calendars for 2020-21. Typically, those venues have pro basketball and hockey schedules in hand by now as they start to fill open dates with concerts and family shows. That’s not the case this year as the COVID-19 crisis rages on across North America. Five months into the pandemic, everything remains up in the air for booking sports and entertainment. The NBA, NHL and WNBA all resumed their 2019-20 seasons last week in a bubble format, […]

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Builders Work Around Skilled Labor Shortage

WARRIORS’ GAME PLAN: Chase Center Training instructed workers on the job to help build the Golden State Warriors’ arena. (Courtesy Golden State Warriors / Chase Center) Job training programs are designed to refill pool of blue-collar workers for arena and stadium construction projects A severe shortage in skilled labor to build arenas and stadiums is driving facility construction costs to unprecedented levels, forcing teams, municipalities and general contractors to search for alternatives to meet the demand for blue-collar jobs in a thriving economy. It comes at a time when the cost to build big league arenas has now crossed the $1 billion threshold for projects in San Francisco, Seattle, New York and Greater Los Angeles, where the NBA’s Clippers propose to build an arena and practice facility in Inglewood. The lack of skilled labor was a key factor that drove the cost of Chase Center to an eye-popping $1.6 billion in […]

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San Francisco Treats in Store

Chase Center’s center-hung videoboard can be hoisted out of view for concerts. (Brett Murray) Chase Center experience extends to upgrades in event production SAN FRANCISCO — Chase Center general manager Kim Stone jokingly told Eric Bresler to stop booking events at the new San Francisco arena. Bresler is Chase Center’s executive director, responsible for booking special events.  Eighteen shows, including 16 concerts, fill the first two months of operation through October. The arena officially opened Sept. 6 with the first of two Metallica/San Francisco Symphony dates.  Those numbers do not include several soft openings and private events, such as Stevie Wonder (Sept. 3), at the 18,064-seat building. “I told Eric, ‘I need some fix-it days. Should I just rent the building back from you?’” Stone said. It’s no joke. For the Golden State Warriors and their arena management team, the honeymoon is in full bloom. The $1.6 billion facility has taken […]

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Opening Number: Chase Center

Chase Center graced the cover of the rebranded VenuesNow in February 2018, but the arena was just a model then, watched over by Golden State Warriors execs Joe Lacob, Peter Guber and Rick Welts. Since then, the Warriors have won one NBA championship and made another NBA Finals as their new home, designed by Manica Architecture with interiors by Gensler, rose in the Mission Bay neighborhood of San Francisco. Now up and running, the top-shelf arena with a view of the bay will welcome the Warriors home for their first preseason game there Oct. 5.   11 Acres that make up Chase Center and Thrive City. 3.2 Acres of publicly accessible plazas and open space. 9,699 Square feet of displays (most in the NBA)  300 Permanent bike valet parking spaces. 950 Underground parking spaces. 8 Full kitchens  23 Bars  552 Taps  36 Eateries  136 Premium spaces (traditional suites, courtside lounges […]

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Square Gets Around, Into Sports Venues

A customer pays a beer vendor using Square at Nationals Park in Washington, D.C. (Courtesy Square) Payment tech company is POS vendor for food, retail at Chase Center Square, the technology firm many consumers are familiar with from paying cabbies and food trucks with credit cards, is expanding its mobile payment system into sports venues. Chase Center, the Golden State Warriors’ new $1.6 billion arena, has Square as its point-of-sale vendor for all food and retail outlets, including outdoor bars and food stands next to the facility. For Square, whose headquarters are two miles northwest of Chase Center, it’s the first full-scale activation at an arena, confirmed Jonathan Ghio, Square’s enterprise account executive.  In addition to the arena, Square’s point-of-sale equipment has been in place for Coachella, Goldenvoice’s annual music festival in the California desert, for the past five years, and the Washington Nationals and Tampa Bay Rays used Square for beer […]

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For Chase Center, Five-Star Branding

Infinite Scale’s roof sign for Chase Center in San Francisco is the biggest that it has designed. (Courtesy Golden State Warriors) Design firm Infinite Scale creates polished look to fit the Warriors’ new arena The branding of Chase Center, the Golden State Warriors’ new $1.4 billion palace, takes theming to a higher level of sophistication than other big league arenas, according to officials with Infinite Scale, the design firm responsible for that piece of the project. Jim Baehr, a principal with Infinite Scale, worked on the Chase Center branding package, and he discussed the project with VenuesNow before the San Francisco arena was to open with a Sept. 6 concert by Metallica and the San Francisco Symphony. “We’ve been in a lot of buildings, and this one is exceptional,” Baehr said. “It’s a few hundred million dollars more than Little Caesars Arena (in Detroit, another Infinite Scale project) which is […]

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Chase Center Gets a Food Czar

Mark Jeffers brings experience from the kitchens of several Ritz-Carlton properties to Chase Center. (Courtesy Chase Center) Mark Jeffers will oversee all internal F&B programs at San Francisco arena San Francisco’s Chase Center, home of the Golden State Warriors, in partnership with Bon Appétit Management Co. and Levy, selected Mark Jeffers to be the first culinary director at the new 18,064-seat arena. Jeffers will oversee all of Chase Center’s internal food and beverage programs, from concessions to premium event, game-day, suite, theater box and other VIP catering. He will lead a team of a Bon Appétit executive chefs and executive sous chefs and 200 culinary staff members. The chef joins Chase Center from The Ritz-Carlton at Lake Tahoe, where he was executive chef and food and beverage director in charge of the resort’s four restaurants, banquet catering and the Lake Club. Trained at Le Cordon Bleu College of Culinary Arts, […]

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Stone Takes Chase Center GM Role

Kim Stone is the first general manager of San Francisco’s Chase Center.  Longtime exec for Miami Heat, AmericanAirlines Arena takes ‘opportunity of a lifetime’ Kim Stone has been named general manager of San Francisco’s Chase Center. Stone is the executive vice president of business development for the Miami Heat and AmericanAirlines Arena, a position she started last fall after serving 12 years as the venue’s general manager. Stone will report to Rick Welts, president and chief operating officer of the NBA’s Warriors, who will play at Chase Center beginning next season. The venue is expected to open in September. “Kim’s experience crosses most every aspect of the sports and entertainment industry,” Welts said in a statement. “Chase Center will be a global destination and Kim’s vision and experience in guiding a world-class venue will add to the fan experience we aspire to deliver every day.” Stone said in a statement, “I view […]

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