Like the well-practiced veterans they are, Warriors fans began hitting the streets of Oakland just before 6:30 this morning in anticipation of an 11 a.m. parade to celebrate the Golden State Warriors’ third NBA championship in four seasons.
Heeding tips from civic and transportation officials, and of experience that comes with being a repeat reveler, fans began staking out premier vantage sports along the 1.4-mile parade route at 6:30 a.m. — the earliest allowed by the city.
Getting to Oakland was no fast break. It was estimated 1 million spectators would attend, with half of those taking BART. They came gushing out of the 12th Street and 19th Street stations in Oakland. The transit agency is running rush-hour service with extra staff in stations and on the platforms.
Once on the festive streets of Oakland, fans were treated to snack, coffee and souvenir vendors. The parade is expected to last two to three hours.
Longtime Warriors fans are probably still pinching themselves even after three championships in four trips to the NBA Finals. The franchise yielded a solitary NBA title — during the 1974-75 season — in the first 52 years, after relocating from Philadelphia to San Francisco. Oakland and San Francisco shared the glory in a pair of civic celebrations, in the Oakland Coliseum and at Union Square.
It took four decades before another banner was hung in what is now known as Oracle Arena. The current cluster of championships have been separated by mere months.
It would seem that nothing could detract from the current victory buzz. But there are a couple of contentions that could harsh Dub nation’s mellow.
For one thing, Oakland believes the Warriors owe them for the first two parades — $244,000 for 2015, and $29,000 for last year’s festivities where team owner Joe Lacob said, “We’d just like to say that this parade, this whole day, all the cost, every dollar is on us! It’s our gift to the city of Oakland.”
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Oakland estimated the cost to be $816,000. The Warriors finally sent them a check in mid-October — for $786,988.61.
And some fans might feel pangs of nostalgia when it hits them that the team will making its swan song in comfortable, noisy Oracle Arena during the 2018-19 season. Come October 2019, the Warriors will play in the Chase Center in San Francisco.
Source: FS – All – Interesting – News 2
Warriors fans swarm Oakland to celebrate team’s third victory parade in four years