Clippers Usher in a New Era at the Chase Center

 Chase Center from Terry A Francois Blvd. (Cam Buford Photo)
Chase Center from Terry A Francois Blvd. (Cam Buford Photo)

By Cameron Buford, whatsgoodinsports.com

The revamped Los Angeles Clippers took their act on the road last week to play against the new-look Golden State Warriors in the unveiling of Chase Center, the Warriors new arena in downtown San Francisco. Though these same two met in last season’s NBA playoffs just a few months ago, though each team is dramatically different this season. The Clippers have added an NBA Champion and a perirenal All-Star to their squad while the Golden State Warriors have suffered some huge loses by way of injuries and free agency which puts these teams on completely deferent trajectories coming into 2019/ 2020 NBA season.

Whether, or not, this new era of the Warriors is on par with their recent championship lineage, they unveiled a state-of-the-art arena in the newly minted Thrive City area of San Francisco for their team and fans to enjoy. As I mentioned this new version of the Warriors have been severely hindered by the injury of their key defender and one half of the potent “Splash Brother” duo Klay Thompson. Additionally, they have lost 2-time Finals MVP Kevin Durant and Quinn Cook to free agency while their consummate professional Andre Iguodala was traded to the Memphis Grizzlies earlier in the summer.

The floor of the new Chase Center Arena has a uniquely similar feel to that of Oracle Arena, formerly the home of the Warriors. Though Curry’s famous final warmup shot from the tunnel has become made more difficult by the configuration of this new arena, he nearly made that now-famous shot, opening night, as his final warm up shot bounced off the front rim after he added the high arch to get the shot over the backboard.

The Clippers added last season’s Finals MVP Kawhi Leonard this off-season along with 5 Time All-Star and 4 Time All-Defensive team member Paul George. Even though Paul George won’t join the team until mid-November, newly acquired phenom Kawhi Leonard is wasting no time showing his versatility. As he amassed his career-high in assist with 9 in only his second game with the team. This led his team to an easy victory against an undermanned Warriors team in their newly minted arena.

This new Chase Center will feature one ring of 44 suites, which will bring the upper bowl closer to the action. The Chase Center will also feature 32 courtside lounges and 60 theater boxes, with the theater boxes sitting on top of the ring of suites on the sidelines of the arena. Which is anchored by two large lobbies accessible to all levels of wide, spacious concourses throughout the venue. All ticketed fans in Chase Center will have access to the Sky Bar, a restaurant and bar with views into the bowl located at the North end of the upper level.

To create the best possible experience and sightlines for fans, with every seat as good or better than the seating in Oracle Arena. With 18,064 seats, Chase Center will not only host Warriors basketball, but also major concerts, cultural events, family shows, and a variety of other attractions. This unique sports and entertainment district will feature the Gatehouse, a 5,000 sq. ft. building along Third Street that frames the plaza, and helps enclose the fourth side of the main plaza, creating a more intimate environment for visitors. The building includes a Warrior retail store with stadium seating, on the outside, for up to 250 guests to sit and observe the many events scheduled for the main plaza, such as the TNT Pre and Post Game show which was set up on the Plaza.

The privately financed and LEED Gold Certified Chase Center will also generate more than $14 million, from its approximate 200 events per year, in new tax revenues for the city. Utilizing no money from the city’s general fund, no public land, and no new taxes. This revenue will go toward vital services and capital improvements to address the community and neighborhood’s needs. This sports and entertainment district will feature 580,000 square feet of office space and cover a total of 11 acres.

 Chevy at Yerba Buena Military Base. (Cam Buford Photo)
Chevy at Yerba Buena Military Base. (Cam Buford Photo)

This visit to Chase Center was made possible by the good people of Chevrolet and their 2019 Chevrolet Silverado LT Trail Boss Crew Cab. This Silverado boasted a 5.3-liter V8; 355 hp, 383 ft-lb. of torque. This eight-speed automatic with four-wheel drive and all-wheel drive was certainly a joy to drive. I was pleasantly surprised by its comfort and its fuel-efficient Ecotec3 V8 Dynamic Fuel Management System. At 5,008 pounds it has a towing capability of over 11,000 pounds provides plenty of power to pair with its roomy 139/64 cubic feet of passenger/ cargo volume.

This Silverado also came with the Z71 off-road equipment package which included a driver-selectable four-wheel-drive system with a low range for tough terrain. In addition to a two-inch suspension lift, brawny shock absorbers, skid plates, automatic locking rear differential including hill start assist and hill descent control, and off-road tires on 18-inch wheels. I loved the huge console storage with under-seat storage, the Bose premium sound system and on-board Wi-Fi. The all-weather floor liners, Chevytec sprayed-on bed liner, and 120V power outlet were also impressive amenities.

Touring the Chase Center on opening night was an awesome experience. The Clippers put it on the Warriors as expected and I look forward to following them throughout the season. I wasn’t looking forward to returning that sweet Chevy Silverado Trail Boss either, though shot out to Chevy for their participation. Please share your thoughts on the new version of the Los Angeles Clippers with us by commenting in the comment section of this article on www.whatsgoodinsports.com or by following me on Twitter at “Voice of the Fans” for immediate engagement. Additionally, subscribe to our weekly “Voice of the Fans Podcast” which is available for you on Apple and Google Podcasts including Spotify, TuneIn, and iHeart Radio. As always, we certainly appreciate you for making our voice your choice!