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Sights and Sounds From Warriors Opening Night

It was Opening Night at Chase Center on Thursday evening, as the Warriors took to the Chase Center floor for the first game of the 2019-20 season. Dub Nation came out in full force to support the squad on newly-minted Warriors Ground. After years in the making, it was undoubtedly a memorable night in the franchises’s history with the team’s first game in San Francisco since 1971.

Before the game, fans arrived at Thrive City and eagerly explored the plaza, Warriors Shop and more. In the center of the plaza, the Inside the NBA crew set up shop while NBC Sports Bay Area held their first-ever broadcast from right outside of The Gatehouse. When Chase Center doors opened, fans filled the arena and prepared for the celebratory evening. Former Warrior Joe Ellis, who was part of the previous Warriors team to play a home game in San Francisco 48 years ago, rang the cable car bell at Chase Center in what will be a new tradition in the team’s new home.

Chase Center glittered in blue and red lights as Rock & Roll Hall of Famer and San Francisco native Carlos Santana led the evening with a national anthem performance. The Bay Area icon’s melodic guitar riffs were accompanied by complimentary drum beats, making for a special, one-of-a-kind performance.

Following the grand performance, the Warriors’ coaching staff and players were formally introduced. One-by-one, each member of the 2019-20 Dubs squad were announced to the audience and were all met with dynamic applause from Dub Nation.

Prior to tipoff, Klay Thompson took the mic and graciously addressed the crowd, thanking Dub Nation for their continued support as they enter this new era of Warriors basketball.

Though the Warriors would be out-played on the court, the spectacle of Opening Night, presented by Chase, was felt throughout the night. The entertainment continued through halftime as performance painter David Garibaldi created a portrait of Warriors legend Al Attles, who was also in attendance. Garibaldi created the masterpiece right infront of fans’ eyes using his trademark technique of rapid, vibrant strokes and colors.

On the floor, guards Stephen Curry and D’Angelo Russell led the Dubs’ backcourt, with the duo combing 43 points to finish the night. Though it was not enough to hang with the Clippers on this evening, the Dubs received plenty of support both in arena and outside, with fans gathered outside the building to watch the game live on Chase Center’s external video board.

It was quite a night at the Warriors season opener, where the team took the floor for the very-first regular season game at Chase Center and embarked on the beginning of a new journey.

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