Us parents probably have vivid childhood memories of watching our favorite NBA idols like Michael Jordan, Magic Johnson, Larry Bird, Kobe Bryant and many more. However, it’s likely you never got to see your favorites play ball live and in person. Well, parents, that all changes now. Here’s your chance to live vicariously through your children to see your—ahem, their—favorite NBA players hoop it up right here in the Bay Area.
1. It’s the Warriors second to last season at Oracle Arena: Yes, it’s true, the Warriors will soon move to the Chase Center in San Francisco. Hurry up and grab seats to a game at what will be long remembered as the “Roaracle.” And what better way to say farewell than to unleash your kids’ Warriors pride on the east side of the Bay? The stadium has 19,596 seats ranging in price from $75 per seat and up depending on the seat location and game. To see the reigning NBA champions and two-time MVP Stephan Curry PLUS last year’s NBA Finals MVP Kevin Durant and Defensive Player of the Year Draymond Green play (wow, that was a mouthful!) the money spent for the kiddos to see their basketball idols will go down as one of their favorite childhood memories and bragging rights for a lifetime.
You won’t want to miss a minute of the game or even the pre-game entertainment. Make sure you’re in your seats 10 minutes before tip-off starts to sing the national anthem—which is nothing like your child’s grade school anthem. With pyrotechnics spewing fire and mini fireworks bursting overhead, your child will be mesmerized. And that’s just the beginning. Get ready to turn off the lights and watch a video of the team getting pumped up for the game. At this point, you’ll likely be throwing fist pumps in the air and your child will be standing on their seat screaming like a maniac. Good! That means you’re ready to rumble!
If you sit in the lower bowl behind the baskets, you might get thunder sticks to bang together in the hopes of distracting the opposing team at the free throw line during the second half. The kids can bring the thunder sticks home to play with—or annoy their parents with. Either way, the thunder sticks are sure to be coming home with you.
Pro tip: The north side most often gets the thunder sticks; although the visiting team ultimately gets to choose which basket they shoot at.
2. Food for even the pickiest of eaters: Kids can have their fill of extra crispy fries and hot dogs. Parents, head to sections 106, 124, 215 and 231 to choose healthier fair such as salads and fruit from the Kaiser Healthy Picks carts.
If the kiddos have a sweet tooth hankering, swing by the Sweet Tooth Corner at sections 120 and 232 or wait at your seats for the hawkers to walk by with churros, cotton candy and lemonade.
3. There’s entertainment in and out of your seats: If your child is having difficulty staying in their seat with all that sugar running through their veins, stretch your legs and walk to the EA Sports NBA Live 18 Gaming Lounge in section 231. There you will find multiple video game consoles and a huge touch screen that you can play card games on.
At halftime, forget haggling with the crowds to grab a second hot dog. Instead, hang out and watch the halftime show. Your kids can pace the aisle while watching the performers of the night. This is also a good time to snap a selfie closer to the court with your little sports fan. And if you’re lucky, maybe you’ll see a dancer wandering by that you can take a photo with, too!
4. Swag as far as the eye can see: Stock up on your favorite Warriors gear at the Team Store located by the main entrance to the arena near Will Call. From onesies to youth sizes, your kids will surely find their favorite player’s jersey and more. Also, the New Era Cap corner in section 119 is a must-visit if your kid has a love affair with flat bills and snapbacks.
5. Slang for the pros: If you need cliff notes on Warriors slang so you can look cool in front of your sidekick, here’s a list of the most popular Warrior-isms:
- Dub Nation: “Dub” is the truncated pronunciation for the “W” in Warriors and “Dub Nation” is how Warriors fans refer to themselves as a whole.
- Splash Brothers: refers to Stephen Curry and Klay Thompson because their shots are all net.
- Steph gonna Steph: means that Stephan Curry does what he does best on the court.
Parking in the arena lot is $40 at the gate or $35 when you purchase online in advance. Better yet, beat the crowds and arrive via Bart. Get off at the Coliseum stop and it’s a seven-minute walk to the arena.
To purchase tickets visit: warriors.com
Which Golden State Warriors player are you most excited to see play? Let us know in the comments!
—photos and story by Tarah Beaven