Although the teams move to San Francisco is only across the Bay, longtime Warriors fans based in Oakland are feeling left behind
As fans streamed into the Oracle Arena in Oakland for the third game of the NBA Finals, the excitement for the Golden State Warriors was tinged with melancholy a victory parade that could feel, at times, like a funeral march.
In a few weeks, the team will no longer call Oakland home, moving across the Bay to the $1bn Chase Center in San Francisco. The move is only 16 miles by car but for many fans of the Warriors, who have been playing in Oakland for 47 years, it feels much farther representing a betrayal of the city that made them.
Its wack, said Miss Q, a performer who has spent the last four years attending every Warriors home game with drums, a plastic bucket and a whistle, drumming in the tunnels of the stadium as the fans enter. Their heart is this town. Moving to San Francisco will serve another kind of clientele, but the heart is here.