The Golden State Warriors are a National Basketball Association team based in Oakland, California in the San Francisco Bay area. They are the default team for the entire Bay Area including San Jose, San Francicso, Marin, and other Northern California coastal areas.
The team, originally from Philadelphia, moved to California in 1962 and currently play in the Oracle Arena. Although the team has won a few championships, these days they struggle to reach the playoffs and have had many ups and downs in trades, management and ownership.
The Warriors do have a wide and loyal fan base who keep hoping their team will go all the way. Akin to Chicago Cubs fans, Warriors fans are passionate and loyal despite the team's lack of success over the years. Fans decked in blue and gold fill almost every seat at Oracle Arena for every home game, especially when the team plays some league leading teams.
It might seem logical to catch the game at home on your HD TV, but it is worth it to buy a ticket and experience the game in person. One reason is to see the new team stars working to make a name for themselves and the team, including point guard Stephen Curry, forward-center David Lee, guard Monta Ellis and rookie Epke Udoh. Sometimes the team will surprise its fans with special events at the game, such as a meet-and-greet with a Warriors player for anyone who checked into the game on Facebook.
Oracle Arena also offers an attractive array of seating and ticket options. Exclusive seating courtside, ticket pacakages that include concessions, and the Mezzanine Club, that has a buffet and bar an an excellent view of the court. There also are a variety of suites as well as more economical seats. Community groups, or even families and friends, can arrange special treatment at a Warriors game through group specials. There are options to sit courtside as the team warms up, or form a high-five tunnel as the team runs out to the court for the game. There also are options to celebrate birthdays at the game, with food and drinks and a special gift.
The Golden State Warriors also give back to the community that supports them, through charity events and theme nights during home games. Some examples include a Bollywood Night with discounted tickets and a free T-shirt, performances by local Indian dance troupes, the National Anthem performed by former American Idol contestant Anoop Desai and Indian food at the concession stands. Another theme night includes an unusual twist to draw couples to the games, the arena will open early for a bridal show featuring gowns, tuxedos and information from wedding professionals, then end with the Warrior's game.
Charity events include a bake sale benefiting Feeding America featuring appearances by several Warriors players past and present, and a recent "Hoops for St. Jude" event benefiting the children's research hospital. Players also have come out into the community to support reading, food drives, and health and fitness.
Oracle Arena shares ground with the Oakland Coliseum, home of the Oakland Athletics and Raiders. The arena is one of the oldest in continuous use in the NBA. Renovations, completed in 1997 in time for the new basketball season, added nearly 5,000 more seats as well as updated the scoreboard and displays. A Golden State Warriors basketball game is a great time guaranteed.