ORACLE ARENA is an indoor arena located in
Oakland, California ,
United States, and is the home of the
Golden State Warriors of the
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
Oakland–Alameda County Coliseum .
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
* 2 Future
* 4 References
* 5 External links
The arena has been the home of the
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 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
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 Seals had been awarded an expansion
franchise in the
National Hockey League
National Hockey League on the condition they move out
Cow Palace and into the then-new
Oakland Coliseum Arena. The team
changed its operating name from
San Francisco Seals to California
Seals in order to draw fans from both
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
Basketball Association in 1968. The team was owned by
Pat Boone and also had stars Larry Brown and
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
New Orleans Buccaneers and finally the
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
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 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
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
On October 20, 2006, the
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 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
A record-breaking crowd watching the Warriors in the 2007 NBA
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
That record lasted until December 14, 2007 , when the Warriors hosted
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 .
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
Early in 2013, the Warriors announced their intention to build a new
arena in the
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 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:
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* ^ The Oakland/Alameda County Coliseum Arena
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* ^ WARRIORS: Warriors, ORACLE Formally Announce Naming Rights
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