The Warriors and Oakland say goodbye half a century later

This series will mark the end of the franchise in the Oracle Arena. Next season they will premiere their new pavilion in San Francisco.


When in 2010 Joe Lacob and Peter Guber bought the Golden State Warriors for 450 million dollars, the NBA world did not know that nothing would be the same. With Stephen Curry facing his second year in the league, in the next two summers they were going to select Klay Thompson and Draymond Green in the draft. A couple of years later they would change coaches and in 2015, in their first season at the helm, Steve Kerr was going to make them champions, something that had not happened since 1975. Then Kevin Durant and two other rings would come. His domain is absolute and his price has multiplied by seven.

So Lacob and Guber, who have made their fortune in Silicon Valley and Hollywood, decided that the best thing for the franchise was to build a new pavilion in San Francisco, the city with more millionaires per square meter of the world. To this end, 1,300,000 million dollars have been spent raising the Chase Arena, which will be completely owned by it. The Warriors' new home will officially open when next season begins, breaking a union that began in 1966: that of the Warriors with the Oakland Oracle Arena.

To reach this city that little or nothing resembles the current San Francisco just cross the Bay Bridge. But in doing so you realize that you are in a completely different place. The 16 kilometers of water that separate the two cities and, now also, the two pavilions (which are almost facing each other on their respective banks) represent the two extremes of the United States. San Francisco, the city of innovation and the future, where money is everywhere cohabiting with the homeless (a real problem in this city), and Oakland, humble place of workers, where crime is more than desirable but also the essence of the Bay is maintained.

A city with an enviable sporting passion, something that it shares with all localities in the area, will suddenly be left without two of its three teams in the US major leagues. Apart from the Warriors, the NFL Raiders also leave for Las Vegas. You know, money calls money. And although the basketball team tries to have an exit as friendly as possible with a headquarters where he has lived most of his best days, reality is what it is. Although its president, Rick Welst, says that they are not "leaving a city, only a building", the fact is that in Oakland the feeling is of abandonment. As much as the Warriors have confirmed that 70% of their subscribers will continue with them in the new location. As much as they are going to lose almost 1,000 seats (18,064 for the 19,596 Oracle) for putting the ceiling lower than it usually is in the new pavilions to try to imitate the atmosphere that is formed in the current, one of the hottest the NBA.

Golden State Warriors, a universal team

Al final in a move it is impossible to keep everything intact. Maybe it's natural, considering what these Warriors have become. Now you can find people with their T-shirts anywhere in the world, however, they have never been the Oakland Warriros, they have never been called that. As they have been saying there for a long time, they are more of a universal team than ours. Perhaps the best example to understand it took place on April 7, when the occasion of the last regular league game of the Warriors in the Oracle was held a great tribute. The party culminated with the raising of a flag on the roof of the Oracle in which you can read "Oakland, California, 47 seasons." That flag from September will be at the Chase Arena, in San Francisco, 16 kilometers from the place you will remember forever. 16 kilometers that from now on will seem longer than ever.



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