The Warriors are currently in the process of trying to beat the Portland Trail Blazers to advance to the Western Conference Semi-Finals. So far, the Blazers have shown that they will not back down and will fight every step of the way, which means the Warriors need to focus on putting this team away early.
Game 2 will be played at Oracle Arena, where the Warriors have one of the best home court advantages in all of sports. However, the Warriors will be making a move to San Francisco in a couple of years. Will one of the loudest and rowdiest fan bases in sports follow, the Warriors sure hope so.
One thing that will be surely coming to San Francisco that has not been there for a while will be the NCAA March Madness tournament. The Chase Center has agreed to host the West Regional in 2022. The Warriors are moving in for the start of the 2019-20 season, so the Chase Center will be a seasoned veteran by the time the NCAA comes around.
The city of San Francisco has not hosted a tournament game since 1939. Most of NCAA games in the Bay Area have been held in San Jose and Sacramento, but with the Chase Center being built for the Warriors, there is no question where the capital of basketball will be in the Bay Area.
For more information, here is the full press release from the Golden State Warriors:
OAKLAND, CA – For the first time since the inaugural NCAA Men’s Basketball Tournament in 1939, March Madness is coming to the city of San Francisco. The NCAA announced today that the Pac-12 Conference will serve as host of the NCAA Men’s Basketball Championship West Regional on March 24 & 26, 2022 at Chase Center, the new sports and entertainment venue being built in San Francisco’s Mission Bay neighborhood set to open for the start of the 2019-20 NBA Season. This marks the first time the NCAA Tournament will be played within the City of San Francisco since the West Regional was staged at the California Coliseum on Treasure Island in March 1939.
“Chase Center and the surrounding area are going to be a destination for the entire Bay Area and having the NCAA Men’s Basketball Championship West Regional at Chase Center in 2022 is great for not only the City of San Francisco, but the entire Bay Area to come see some of the best in college basketball,” said Warriors President and Chief Operating Officer Rick Welts. “This is one of the most exciting events on the calendar for sports. We have nine people on our current roster and coaching staff fortunate to have advanced to the Sweet 16 during their college career and we’re excited for this to be the first event officially on our Chase Center schedule.”
Back-to-back NBA MVP and Warriors All-Star guard Stephen Curry, All-Star forward Draymond Green, forwards Matt Barnes, Andre Iguodala, James Michael McAdoo and Kevon Looney, along with Warriors Head Coach Steve Kerr and Assistant Coaches Jarron Collins and Bruce Fraser all participated in the Sweet 16 during their collegiate careers.
“There is nothing quite like the NCAA Tournament,” said Warriors Head Coach Steve Kerr. “Advancing to the Regional Finals – and eventually the Final Four – was certainly one of the highlights of my college career. It’s exciting to know that Chase Center and the City of San Francisco will play host to this event in 2022. I can assure you there will be memories made that will last a lifetime, both for the players and the fans.”
Daly City’s Cow Palace (1955, 1958-60), Oakland’s Oracle Arena (1990, 1995, 2006) and San Jose’s SAP Center (1997, 2002, 2007, 2010, 2013, 2017) are among the other Bay Area venues to host the tourney, most recently the 2017 West Regional at the SAP Center in a partnership by the Pac-12 and San Jose Sports Authority.
However, not since the Oregon Ducks defeated the Oklahoma Sooners, 55-37, on March 21, 1939 during the Golden Gate International Exposition – a World’s Fair celebrating the opening of the San Francisco-Oakland Bay and Golden Gate Bridges – has the event been staged inside “The City” lines.
“We’re excited to work with the Warriors and Chase Center to once again stage one of the NCAA’s premier events,” said Pac-12 Conference Commissioner Larry Scott. “The Pac-12 and Warriors are both champions in competition and stand for excellence. We look forward to joining forces to bring postseason college basketball at the highest level to San Francisco.”
The 18,000-seat Chase Center, which broke ground this past January, will anchor a district of 11 acres of restaurants, cafes, offices, public plazas and other amenities the neighborhood currently lacks, along with a new five-and-a half-acre public waterfront park. Chase Center will host NBA games and NCAA tournaments, along with concerts, cultural events, family shows, and convention activities, and more. Chase Center will be located on a major Muni Metro rail line with easy links to BART and other transit options. When complete, it will be the only privately financed facility of its kind built on private property in the modern era of professional sports.
About GSW Arena LLC
GSW Arena LLC, founded in 2010, is privately funding the construction of a new sports and entertainment venue, Chase Center, which will be the anchor of an 11-acre mixed use complex on private property in San Francisco’s Mission Bay neighborhood. For more information, please visit warriors.com/sf.
About the Golden State Warriors
The Golden State Warriors organization, currently in its 71st season, is a charter member of the National Basketball Association. Founded in 1946, the Warriors called the city of Philadelphia home for 16 memorable years before moving to the West Coast in 1962 to become the San Francisco Warriors and ultimately, in 1971, the Golden State Warriors when the team moved across the Bay to its current home in Oakland. The team’s storied history includes four NBA Championships, NBA-record 73 wins during the 2015-16 season, six of the NBA’s 50 Greatest Players and 27 members of Naismith Memorial Basketball Hall of Fame. For more information on the Golden State Warriors, please visit warriors.com.
About the Pac-12 Conference
The Conference has a tradition as the “Conference of Champions,” leading the nation in NCAA Championships in 51 of the last 56 years, with 496 NCAA team titles overall. The Conference comprises 12 leading U.S. universities: The University of Arizona, Arizona State University, the University of California-Berkeley, the University of California at Los Angeles (UCLA), the University of Colorado, the University of Oregon, Oregon State University, Stanford University, the University of Southern California, the University of Utah, the University of Washington and Washington State University. For more information on the Conference’s programs, member institutions, and Commissioner Larry Scott, go to www.pac-12.com/conference.