SAN FRANCISCO (KPIX 5) – The Golden State Warriors will face the Denver Nuggets on Saturday in the first NBA playoff game inside the Chase Center. Among those excited about their playoff return is one longtime fan who can’t wait to celebrate with his son.
Elliott Simpson, who went to the arena on Friday to buy tickets for Game 1, said he had saved up to make the event a special occasion.
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“It’s exciting. He wanted to go,” Simpson told KPIX 5 on Friday. “It’s significant because I don’t see my son much because he works, he lives in Modesto. It’s a good time for me to bond with him.
Simpson said he lost his father before he could have any memorable moments with him at a Warriors game. So he’s grateful that his son has the chance to bond with him in a game on Saturday.
“It’s important because you lose touch. You lose touch with your family,” he said. “It’s a way to come back. Meet up with family. »
Simpson is hopeful his team will progress in the series against Denver, but knows they have challenges ahead as they prepare for Game 1.
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Other fans share Simpson’s confidence.
“Oh, you know, Warriors all the way,” a man said outside the arena on Friday. “All the. Until the championship.”
Mission Bay businesses are already anticipating the economic impact of the first game as fans spend their day around the Chase Center.
“We’re really, really happy to be a part of it,” said RJ Curreri, general manager of Gott’s Roadside’s Mission Bay location. “Let’s hope for a long and successful streak for the Warriors.”
The team says it has worked to create a unique fan experience that celebrates the team’s achievements in the league while building on the excitement of the first Arena Playoff, which opened in late 2019.
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“We’re thrilled and really feel responsible for this experience for them,” said Shawn Bennett, executive producer of the event presentation for the Warriors. “Sport is a community and we want to bring everyone together.”