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Warriors announce first event at the Chase Center

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Golden State won’t kick off the new arena. Metallica will.

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The Golden State Warriors will be moving across the bay next season. This marks the end of their tenure at Oakland’s Oracle Arena, and the 2019-20 season will begin at the Chase Center, a state-of-the-art waterfront arena in San Francisco, funded by the team itself.

And the team has now announced the first event at the almost-finished Chase Center. On September 6, the arena will be christened with a unique joint concert of Metallica and the San Francisco Symphony.

That’s certainly one way to kick off a new arena. And just a month later, the Warriors will begin their preseason play, and then their regular season play in mid-October.

Steve Kerr is apparently feeling the inaugural event. During his pre-game availability prior to Monday night’s loss to the San Antonio Spurs, the Warriors coach sported a Metallica t-shirt, and had a popular song by the band playing off of his phone.

So if you want to be among the first to initiate the Chase Center, hopefully you like Metallica.

If not, don’t worry - there’s always Warriors basketball.