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ORACLE ARENA is an indoor arena located in Oakland, California , United States, and is the home of the Golden State Warriors
Golden State Warriors
of the National Basketball
Association (NBA). The arena opened in 1966 and is the oldest arena in the NBA. From its opening until 1996 it was known as the OAKLAND-ALAMEDA COUNTY COLISEUM ARENA. After a major renovation completed in 1997, the arena was renamed THE ARENA IN OAKLAND until 2005 and OAKLAND ARENA from 2005 to 2006. It is often referred to as the OAKLAND COLISEUM ARENA as it is located adjacent to the Oakland–Alameda County Coliseum . Oracle Arena
Oracle Arena
seats 19,596 fans for basketball and 17,200 for ice hockey.


* 1 History

* 1.1 Home franchises * 1.2 Renovation * 1.3 The Oracle * 1.4 Attendance records * 1.5 The Grateful Dead
Grateful Dead

* 2 Future * 3 Seating capacity
Seating capacity
* 4 References * 5 External links



The arena has been the home of the Golden State Warriors
Golden State Warriors
since the 1971 , except the one-year hiatus while the arena was undergoing renovations. It had been used by the Warriors intermittently as early as 1966 . The California Golden Bears
California Golden Bears
of the Pac-10 played the 1997–98 and 1998–99 seasons at the arena while their primary home, Harmon Gym, was being renovated into Haas Pavilion . For some years before then, the Bears played occasional games against popular non-conference opponents at the arena.

Oracle has been home to Warriors playoff games in 1972, 1973, 1975, 1976, 1977, 1987, 1989, 1991, 1992, 1994, 2007, 2013, 2014, 2015, 2016, and 2017. It hosted to the 2015 , 2016 and 2017 NBA Finals , where the Warriors won in 2015 and 2017. The 2015 victory was the first time since 1975 the Warriors won the title; however, Games 2 and 3 of the 1975 NBA Finals were played in the Cow Palace as the Coliseum was unavailable. The 2017 victory was the first time since a San Francisco Bay Area team won a title in their home venue since the Oakland A's in the 1974 World Series .

The arena's first tenants were the California Seals of the Western Hockey League , who moved across the bay from the Cow Palace in 1966. The owners of the San Francisco
San Francisco
Seals had been awarded an expansion franchise in the National Hockey League
National Hockey League
on the condition they move out the Cow Palace and into the then-new Oakland Coliseum Arena. The team changed its operating name from San Francisco
San Francisco
Seals to California Seals in order to draw fans from both San Francisco
San Francisco
and Oakland. The Seals franchise continued to play at the arena after having transferred to the NHL, until the team moved to Cleveland after the 1975–76 NHL season .

The Coliseum also hosted the American Basketball
Association 's Oakland Oaks (1967–1969), a charter member of the new ABA in 1967. The Oaks signed San Francisco Warriors star Rick Barry away from the rival National Basketball
Association in 1968. The team was owned by entertainer Pat Boone
Pat Boone
and also had stars Larry Brown and Doug Moe
Doug Moe
on its roster. Brown and Barry are in the Basketball
Hall of Fame. After a 22–56 record in their first season, the Oaks went 60–18 during the regular season in 1968–69. The Oaks then defeated the Denver Rockets , New Orleans Buccaneers and finally the Indiana Pacers
Indiana Pacers
in the playoffs to capture the ABA Championship. However, the team was plagued by poor attendance and Boone sold the team following their ABA Championship. They were relocated to Washington and became the Washington Caps .

The Bay Bombers (Roller Derby , 1966–1973) as well as the Golden Bay Earthquakes of the original MISL during the 1982–83 season and the Oakland Skates , a professional roller hockey team, all played there from 1993 to 1995. WWE also holds professional wrestling matches at the arena.


Over the years, the arena became increasingly outdated, lacking the luxuries of newer ones. With just over 15,000 seats, it was one of the smallest arenas in the league. Rather than building a new arena in Oakland – or, for that matter, in San Francisco
San Francisco
or San Jose , as some wanted – the decision was made to proceed with a $ 121 million renovation that involved tearing down much of the old arena's interior and building a new seating bowl within the existing structure. The original arena's external walls, roof and foundation remained intact, similar to what was done to the KeyArena in Seattle
. The renovation began in mid-1996 and was completed in time for the Warriors to return in the fall of 1997 (they played the intervening season at the San Jose Arena , home of the NHL's Sharks ). Included in the renovation was a new LED
centerhung scoreboard and 360-degree fascia display. The new configuration seats 19,596 for basketball and 17,200 for ice hockey .


On October 20, 2006, the Golden State Warriors
Golden State Warriors
and the Oracle Corporation announced a 10-year agreement in which the Oakland Arena would be known as The Oracle. "The O", as it is often referred to, will continue to be managed by Oakland–Alameda County Authority (JPA) and SMG. The JPA approved the deal at its November 10 meeting. A formal press conference of the agreement was held on October 30. That formal announcement refers to Oracle Arena.

With the Warriors' resurgence since 2012, Oracle Arena
Oracle Arena
has become one of the loudest arenas in the NBA. It is often called "Roaracle" because of the often painfully high decibel levels generated at Warriors games.


A record-breaking crowd watching the Warriors in the 2007 NBA Playoffs.

On May 13, 2007, 20,679 fans watched the Warriors lose to the Utah Jazz 115–101 in Game 4 of the Western Conference semifinals . This was the largest crowd to watch a game in the Warriors' 61-year history.

That record lasted until December 14, 2007 , when the Warriors hosted the Los Angeles Lakers
Los Angeles Lakers
and packed in 20,705 at the Arena to set a new franchise attendance record.

The record was again broken on February 20, 2008, when the arena hosted 20,711 for the Warriors-Celtics game.

This record was yet again broken on April 10, 2008, when Oracle Arena hosted 20,737 fans in a Warriors loss to the Denver Nuggets
Denver Nuggets

At the end of the 2016-17 regular season, Oracle has sold out 230 consecutive home games, an active streak that has continued throughout the team's playoff run. Oracle has drawn more than 18,000 people for the past 12 seasons.


The Grateful Dead
Grateful Dead
played more concerts (66) at this venue than at any other.


Early in 2013, the Warriors announced their intention to build a new arena in the San Francisco
San Francisco
area and move back to the city. It was originally suggested that the new arena would be built on the decaying sites of Piers 30–32 near the foot of the Bay Bridge, but the plan was met with opposition due to concerns about traffic, environmental impacts and obstruction of views, and in April 2014, the Warriors purchased a 12-acre site in Mission Bay as the site for a new 18,000-seat arena that they plan to have ready for the 2018–19 NBA season. The new location eliminates the need for any voter approval, which would have been required with the original site, though it had been unanimously approved by the San Francisco
San Francisco
Supervisors in November 2012. However, due to litigation filed by arena opponents, the new arena is now planned to open at the start of the 2019–2020 NBA season. The new arena will be named the Chase Center .


An interior view of Oracle Arena.

The seating capacity for basketball has been as follows:


1966–1972 13,502

1972–1973 12,905

1973–1974 13,123

1974–1976 12,787

1976–1977 13,155

1977–1980 13,237

1980–1982 13,239

1982–1984 13,335

1984–1985 13,295

1985–1986 15,011

1986–1997 15,025

1997–PRESENT 19,596


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San Francisco
Chronicle. Archived from the original on 2008-12-10. * ^ Jeff Maus (August 20, 2010). "Next for the Warriors: The Oakland Warriors? Or San Francisco
San Francisco
Bound?". Bleacher Report
Bleacher Report
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San Francisco
Chronicle (SF Gate). Retrieved 8 May 2014. * ^ Knight Perrigan, Heather (May 22, 2012). "Golden State Warriors owners make a risky play". The San Francisco
San Francisco
Chronicle. Retrieved May 22, 2012. * ^ Cote, John (April 22, 2014). "Warriors shift arena plans to Mission Bay". San Francisco
San Francisco
Chronicle (SF Gate). Retrieved 1 April 2016. * ^ "Board gives Warriors\' arena initial green light". The San Francisco Chronicle. * ^ "GOLDEN STATE WARRIORS DELAY OPENING OF SAN FRANCISCO ARENA TO 2019". ABC 7 News. January 15, 2016. Retrieved 1 April 2016. * ^ Dineen, J.K. (28 January 2016). "Warriors arena to be named Chase Center — bank buys naming rights". San Francisco
San Francisco
Chronicle (SF Gate). Retrieved 1 April 2016. * ^ 2011-2012 Golden State Warriors
Golden State Warriors
Media Guide


* Official website * The Oracle Arena
Oracle Arena