Gensler’s work on Chase Center, the new home of NBA franchise Golden State Warriors, comprises of all interior spaces for a new professional 18,000-seat sports arena in San Francisco, California. The challenge was to create a venue that could be activated beyond game day and provide a variety of experiences for fans and guests. The project involved a multi-disciplinary team; the design firm’s sports
practice and hospitality studios collaborated to bring an unprecedented level of luxury to sports and venue design, creating a true hospitality feel reminiscent of upscale hotels and bar lounges. The elevated hospitality touches throughout public and VIP spaces support the arena’s multifunctionality to host events: from concerts and galas to executive gatherings and ceremonies.
The two lobbies create a grand experience akin to civic buildings through the use of space, light and materiality. The Theater Lobby offers a centerpiece 80-foot LED chandelier that changes colors, which sets the mood depending on the event. On the west end, the fluid shape of the lobby follows the natural shape of the exterior building. This creates a dynamic space that includes a sculpted staircase encased
with wood, while a wall of windows allow light to fill the space that create an openness accentuated by a minimal color palette that is the backdrop for art and a Calder installation.
An elevated experience in club suites, lounges and spaces throughout the arena is created by materials and textures – with warm woods, natural stone, and brass metal accents, while cool gray tones and brass serve as a sophisticated take on the home team’s colors. Custom rugs and furnishings bring a residential feel to the club suites. The Bridge Club is the owner’s hidden gem within the arena that features a liquor and trophy cabinet flanked by marble. A variety of premium product allows guests to
customize their experience at different price points. Various club elements share visual connectivity vertically to add to the overall activity, while in-bowl clubs and sponsor zones ensure that guests are cheering on the Warriors or a traveling musical act in style.
While the arena was built as the home of a professional sports team, the project pushes the benchmark for what sports venues can be and how they can engage the community. Game day events are only a part of the calendar; it was essential to create a destination that felt welcoming, and was flexible for, every type of event—from small galas to large concerts. The flexible design of the arena accommodates
the needs of the guest experience and the efficiencies and talent comforts of traveling acts.