A behind-the-scenes tour of Chase Center, the future home of the back-to-back champ Warriors

Golden State on track to open new digs at start of 2019-20 season

Karl Buscheck
August 21, 2018 - 3:17 pm

Leaning over the concrete railing that runs along the top floor of the UCSF Medical Center parking garage, Third Street rushes through the Mission Bay neighborhood, 50 feet below.

AT&T Park — and its giant green light fixtures — is visible off in the distance. Just across from the parking structure, Chase Center is rapidly rising out of a dusty construction site into the future home of the back-to-back champion Golden State Warriors.

The progress is remarkable.

The seats are nearly in place. Some of the staircases are already walkable. The arena is getting oh so close.

On an overcast Tuesday afternoon — like any other day — some 1,000 workers are on the premise. An untold number of cranes piece the arena together, part by part.

95.7 The Game took a tour of Chase Center, guided by Rick Welts, the club president and COO. Here’s the behind-the-scenes look:

The bowl is taking shape…

And here’s what the bowl will look like when it’s done, at least in model form.

Right next to the arena, a pair of glasses buildings are taking shape. On the ground floor will be retail. Uber is the planned tenet for the top floor.

Already famous from the renderings, the facade, which looks a bit like the Death Star, is being assembled, panel by panel.

The practice facility, complete with a pair of courts, is adjacent to the actual court. The offices of the chief architects of the club, overlook the complex.

This the view from  prez/GM Bob Myers' office. Head coach Steve Kerr's office is right nex tdoor. 

“That’s if he makes it that long,” Welts, the longtime friend of Kerr, jokes.

The new building is on schedule. It’s a fact Welts is happy to report.

“You didn’t ask if we’re on budget,” Welts adds.

“Are you?”

“We’re on schedule,” he said with a laugh.

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