The Golden State Warriors can trace their history back to the inaugural season of the NBA, back when they were the Philadelphia Warriors. Philadelphia was a playoff team in each of the first three seasons of the NBA, but then missed the playoffs for three straight years. The Warriors returned to the playoffs in a big way in 1956, winning the NBA championship behind future Hall-of-Famer Paul Arizin. The Warriors were in the playoffs more often than not over the remainder of the 1950s, 1960s, and most of the 1970s. The team made the NBA Finals twice in the ‘60s, but wouldn’t win its second NBA championship until 1975, when a team led by Rick Barry swept the Washington Bullets in the finals. Since the 1980s started things have been difficult for the Warriors. Over the last three and a half decades, Golden State has just seven playoff appearances, never more than two seasons in a row, and never advancing past the Western Conference Semifinals. Today the Warriors look ready to buck the recent losing trend thanks to the emergence of point guard Stephen Curry. Golden State has retired the numbers of five players in franchise history. Score with TicketCity - the place to go for Golden State Warriors basketball tickets.
2016 Warriors Season Preview
The Golden State Warriors had a dream season a year ago. The Warriors won 67 regular season games, Steph Curry was the league MVP, and the Warriors crushed their playoff competition, to with their first title in 4 decades. The Golden State Warriors were able to power through their competition with a roster that is made up of team minded stars who relentlessly attack opponents. The 2015 Golden State Warriors return with practically the same roster as a year ago, and are primed for defending their championship. Steph Curry returns as arguably the best offensive player in the world, and is surrounded by stars Klay Thompson, Draymond Green, and Andre Iguodala. There may not be a team in the league with the depth of the Warriors and it will be hard to not see Golden State returning to the Western Conference finals this season.
Check out our Golden State Warriors Season Preview History page for previews of previous Warriors seasons.
Golden State Warriors Basketball at Oracle Arena Address: 7000 Coliseum Way, Oakland, California, 94621
The Warriors play their home games at Oracle Arena, located in Oakland, California. When filled to capacity, Oracle Arena holds more than 19,500 screaming Warriors fans. One of the oldest venues in the NBA, Oracle Arena is part of a bustling sports hotbed in Oakland, located right next to O.co Coliseum, the home of the NFL’s Raiders and MLB’s Athletics. The Golden State Warriors home bench is on the court side of Oracle Arena in front of sections 27 & 28. Oracle Arena parking information is covered in out Warriors event guide.
Warriors vs. Lakers
As one of the oldest match-ups in NBA history, the Warriors and the Lakers have played over 430 total games throughout their history that includes over 30 postseason games. The highlight of the playoff series came when the two teams met in the 1968 and 1973 Western Conference Finals. This rivalry has been revitalized in recent seasons with the Warriors young talent starting to come to fruition.
Warriors vs. Kings
As regional rivals, it is only natural for the games between the Warriors and the Kings to be hostile and intense. With both teams playing in their current city, Golden State and Sacramento have met over 120 times. The close-proximity of both franchises has led the fan bases to not get along and this rivalry will only increase as both teams continue to improve on the basketball court.
Warriors vs. Mavericks
The Warriors and the Mavericks have played over 135 regular season games throughout the years with the highlight of this rivalry coming in 2007 when Golden State knocked out Dallas in the first round of the Western Conference Playoffs. With star Dirk Nowitzki with the Mavericks and budding star Stephen Curry with the Warriors, the rivalry will only get better.
Warriors in the NBA Finals, Western Conference Championships and NBA Playoffs
The Warriors have won multiple NBA championships to go along with their 3+ Western Conference titles. Golden State also won back-to-back division titles in the mid-1970s. The Warriors have had legends such as Wilt Chamberlain and Chris Mullin play for the organization over the years that made Golden State one of the more successful franchises in the league.
Golden State Warriors Event Guide
What time do gates open prior to tipoff at a Warriors game?
Gates at Oracle Arena open to the general public 90 minutes before game-time.
Where are good places to eat before a Warriors game?
If you are looking for pizza, Red Boy Pizza, and Zachary’s Chicago Pizza are both extremely good and close by. For some great comfort food try Home of Chicken and Waffles, or The Fat Lady. Oakland has some great Asian fusion food. Of the many good places nearby, Le Cheval, Dragon Rouge, and Han Dae Gam are three of the best. If you are a barbeque fanatic check out Khanh Huong for Chinese barbeque or Everett & Jones Barbeque for traditional American barbeque. For great burgers try Nation’s Giant Hamburger & Great Pies, and of course there is always In-N-Out Burger.
Where is the best place to park at Oracle Arena?
Parking at Oracle Arena is pretty straightforward. There are two large lots on the north side, and two large lots on the south side of the arena. These lots are shared with the larger O.co Coliseum and there are generally enough spots for all the fans entering the arena. It is still advised that you get there early and purchasing a parking pass is the easiest way to go. General parking usually runs about $18.
Does my child need a ticket to go to a Warriors game?
If your child is 24 months old or older they will be required to have a ticket to enter Oracle Arena. All children younger than 24 months will be allowed to sit on a parents lap for the duration of the game and it is best to have proof of their age with you to avoid any hassles at the door.