OAKLAND (CBS SF) – The Golden State Warriors will play their final regular season game at Oracle Arena in Oakland on Sunday afternoon before the big move to the Chase Center in San Francisco next season.
Currently in first place in the Western Conference, the Warriors will host the L.A. Clippers at 5:30 p.m. Gates open at 3:30 p.m. for pre-game festivities.
Franchise face Stephen Curry arrived to Oracle donning a Monta Ellis throwback jersey from the late 2000’s “We Believe” era that earned the coliseum the nickname “Roaracle” for its raucously loud fans.
A “We Believe” banner was also flown by a small airplane over the arena.
The players chose to pay homage to the “We Believe” team by wearing the throwback jerseys during the game.
The team has called Oracle Arena home since 1971, but is ready to move back across the bay to San Francisco, its first home, with the soon-to-be-opened Chase Center in The City’s Mission Bay neighborhood.
Several of the team’s former players will be making appearances at the game, including Rick Barry, Chris Mullin, Jason Richardson, Marreese Speights and Eric ‘Sleepy’ Floyd. A ticket configuration will also be available for fans to take home a commemorative printout photo ticket.
The Oakland Symphony will perform the National Anthem and will also participate in a halftime ceremony.
With a two-game lead on the Denver Nuggets, the Warriors can clinch the No. 1 seed in the Western Conference with a victory and if the Nuggets lose against the Portland TrailBlazers Sunday night.
The Oakland-based arena hosted opened its doors in 1966, and became the team’s fulltime home in 1971, team officials said. It was renovated in 1996.
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