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Memory of a Place: Oracle Arena


For English class, I was required to write a "memory of a place" essay. I couldn't think of a great subject so I chose Oracle Arena. I added some superficial stuff to help out with the flow, hehe. Hope you all enjoy.

          In accordance with the rules of the institution, I do not legally bring water or food into the premises of the building. That however does not stop me from taping a bottle of water inside my coat. The traffic leading to the building tends to be obscene. I'm searched at the entrance, and I have to pay large sums of money to even enter the building. Why do I even bother? It's oracle arena, home of the Golden State Warriors and their fans.
          Some of the most entertaining basketball in the entire NBA is played here. The pre game introductions enthuse the crowd with the blasting music, and exhilarating aesthetics. In-game entertainment keeps the crowd engaged even during the constant losing. High scoring games filled with 3-point shots, dunks, and a deafening crowd, Oracle Arena can be the best experience for fans in the entire league.
          The seats views range within the two extremes: horrible and astounding, but we don't mind. Food service costs too much, and is very slow but it doesn't stop one from going. Club 200 to the Sideline Club, it is an enjoyable experience. Scalpers feast on fair weather a fan that's only visits to the arena come with the Lakers or Heat, but often a great deal is available for the non-premium games.
          The seats are soft, and the lighting of the court is bright. Remodeled only 10 years ago, the arena remains amongst the best in the NBA. Many great players have mastered their art here, from Rick Barry to Tim Hardaway to Chris Mullin to current stars Stephen Curry and Monta Ellis. The greatest playoff upset in NBA history occurred here, and the energy of that crowd lives on today.
          As I arrived at the Arena for the team's first venture into the playoffs in my lifetime, the atmosphere was unmatched. As I entered the Arena, I was provided a yellow ‘We Believe' shirt. It became the trademark of Warriors basketball. As Baron Davis climbed over the Russian force Andrei Kirilenko to ferociously dunk the ball in the basket, the arena shook like the Loma Prieta. It was a magical experience, and that energy lives on in the arena and it's the crowd.
         They throw out those exact ‘We Believe' shirts at halftime still. It is the only positive memory Warrior fans have had in the last 16 years. The stadium's noise level reached never experienced levels typical of a jet at takeoff. I couldn't hear myself think in that building. ‘Roaracle' as some call it, has developed into my second home and the crowd into that of a second family. I'm confident I will frequent Oracle until the Warriors cease playing there, and I hope that day never comes.

This FanPost is a submission from a member of the mighty Golden State of Mind community. While we're all here to throw up that W, these words do not necessarily reflect the views of the GSoM Crew. Still, chances are the preceding post is Unstoppable Baby!

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