The Oracle Arena, still referred to by many locals as the “Oakland Coliseum”, is the oldest stadium in the NBA. It opened in 1966, and has been the official home of the Golden State Warriors franchise since 1971. Situated in the thick of East Oakland, this arena is like a sacred basketball oasis in the center of the hood. For several years I lived a 15 min walk from the Coliseum Bart that connects to the stadium. Trust me: it gets real out there.
The Warriors are playing their last season in Oracle before moving across the bay to their shiny new digs in San Francisco. Although I dearly want them to stay in “The Town”, it’s not hard to see why they would want to upgrade.
That’s why when the recent ESPN piece documenting health inspections for all of the major arenas came out, I was nervous as hell about how Oracle would grade. I’ve eaten so much fried fish and taken down so many hot dogs from that building; this report would reveal whether or not I needed to get my stomach pumped.
ESPN searched through almost 17,000 inspections in 111 arenas. So imagine my surprise to find that Oracle Arena was ranked NUMBER ONE in terms of cleanliness! They only had three violations, tops of all the stadiums.
On March 4, 2016, equipment and utensils used to prepare food were not clean.
On March 2, 2017, inspectors found faulty plumbing fixtures.
On Aug. 10, 2016, inspectors found inadequate handwashing facilities at one stand.
Out of curiosity, the worst ranked arena was the Spectrum Center where the Charlotte Hornets play. Michael Jordan and Dell Curry better look into that.
So, in our last year at Oracle we should wine and dine with pride Dub Nation! I shouldn’t be surprised that Warriors Ground would be #1... just like the team is.