The Oracle Arena or better known as The Roaracle arena has held most of the best Warriors accomplishments and memories. According to the article, “Warriors will soon play in San Francisco, but they’re not abandoning Oakland” it explains that “The Warriors played the nine seasons in San Francisco, as the San Francisco Warriors, before relocating to Oakland.”.Now 48 years later, they are moving back to San Francisco (Shaikin). The Golden State Warriors leaving the Oracle Arena has had a negative impact on Oakland because the community feels abandoned.
Without the Warriors in Oakland, the people of the town feed abandoned. According to the article titled “Warriors to relocate to SF, but at what cost? The writer states,“There is no question that lifelong fans will be alienated by the move, replaced instead by fair-weather rich company employees who are looking for something to do on a Wednesday night” (Hinchion).
The people of Oakland feel as if the Warriors officially gave up on them. The people of Oakland might feel “Alienated” because of the move and feel like they don’t matter anymore to the Warriors. When the author said the word “replaced instead by fair-weather rich company” it made me think of how it’s hard to live in Oakland because of the lack of money being put in the city. Over in San Francisco yeah it might be more expensive to live there but more money is being put into the city and they have better paying jobs. Which brings me to my next quote. Some even believe that the Warriors moved because of gentrification that is happening in Oakland. Over in San Francisco, it’s very expensive to live there so people in San Francisco need to earn a lot of money. So making a move to San Francisco can be seen as good business choice in order to bring in more money for the team,the staff,and other operations. However, business choice or not, it is abandoning Oakland. According to this article titled“Eleven Miles, but a World Away” The Warriors Make Their Last Stand in Oakland it explains how genrefication could have been a big part of the decision. “This team is being “stolen” from a historically black neighborhood in East Oakland and being deposited into Mission Bay, a largely white neighborhood with a median household income of $134,000. And that is a betrayal that should not be ignored, particularly in a city that’s rapidly becoming a bleak caricature of itself in the gilded age of tech gentrification”(Weinreb). Gentrification in Oakland might have played a big part in the move. San Francisco has a higher household income than Oakland and have higher paying jobs. Being a basketball organization.
However, not all Oaklanders feel abandoned. In an Interview with an Oakland resident Who played basketball in high school and lived in Oakland for 39 years has a different perspective on the move. His words were,”Personally, I’m happy and ok with it. It’s good for the team, they worked hard and deserve it. It’s nice to see hard work being paid off, being acknowledged for their hard work and sacrifice. Also it makes more jobs in the area (Bay area). So, I see it as ah plus” (January). This illustrates how not all of Oakland residents feel abandoned and are happy that the Warriors got a new arena. He feels like they have done enough for the city of Oakland and brought Oakland some great memories.
The Warriors have recently made a move back to San Francisco and Oakland fans and feel abandoned by them and feel left out of the fan base. San Francisco is a higher paying city in California so moving back there won’t be a terrible idea. The next time you watch a Warriors game think of the many reasons why they might have made the move.
Shaikin, Bill. “Warriors Will Soon Play in San Francisco, but They’re Not Abandoning Oakland.” The Los Angeles Times, Los Angeles Times, 8 Apr. 2019, www.latimes.com/sports/nba/la-sp-warriors-new-arena-oakland-20190408-story.html.
The Warriors had a very long tenure in Oakland and have now decided to move back after 48 seasons. We will all cherish the memories that they made in the Oracle Arena and forever will remember all the great players to ever put on the blue and gold. This source is credible because it was written on April 8 of this year. The author is credible because he focuses on multiple sports. This article is trying to inform us that the move has happened and how things might change in Oakland and San Francisco.
Hinchion , Brian. “Warriors to Relocate to SF, but at What Cost?” The Guardsman, 7 Dec. 2018, warriors-to-relocate-to-sf-but-at-what-cost/
This article is about one man’s attempt to keep the Warriors in Oakland. This source is credible because it was published on June 5th of this year. The author is credible because he focuses on sports. This article is trying to inform us about the situation that has happened over this past off-season and how pee tried to fight back.
January, Anthony. “The Golden State Warriors .” 20 Dec. 19AD.
This interview was about the Warriors leaving Oakland. Anthony January had a different perspective on the move. He was happy that they got a new place to call home because they have worked very hard and deserve it.