With an unprecedented 73 wins this season, it is hard not to brag about the Golden State Warriors and show Bay Area pride during the 2016 NBA Finals.
After a challenging comeback victory against Oklahoma City Thunder during the Western Conference Finals, the Dubs have hit their stride and just in time, too. Because LeBron James and the Cleveland Cavaliers are back for the rematch that we all have been waiting for: a healthy Cavs vs. a historic Warriors
Starting the Finals on a home court full of Dub Nation’s roaring energy will surely help to get the team’s quality defenders and, of course, the Splash Brothers going strong. Led by Steph Curry, the first Warrior to win the MVP award since 1960, the Warriors are well coached and ready to make some noise in making history yet again. After fighting injury earlier in the postseason, Chef Curry is now back splashing those three pointers we love to see and being a major assist to his other teammates getting fans more hyped up than ever.
Unfortunately, witnessing all this excitement firsthand comes at a steep price. The average ticket price to attend the Finals is $1,104, which is up more than 9 percent over last year’s ticket prices. So unless you’re close personal friends of E-40, it’s time to start looking for alternative viewing options.
Best Bars and Watch Parties
Good thing the contagious fan energy trickles outside the stadium, too. The Bay Area loves to take its team pride to the next level providing many options for cheering on the Dubs alongside fellow fans.
Era Art Bar and Lounge (Oakland): Step foot into this bar for full blown Warriors watch parties where you can be entered for a chance to win a pair of tickets to the next home playoff game! This is a good opportunity to go with friends, and make sure if anyone from your party wins, to take you with them. Remember, strength in numbers!
The Empire Room (San Francisco): Located by Civic Center, Dub Nation will be in full effect during the Finals at this venue. Come enjoy a boisterous viewing party where games will be live-streamed by Repertoire Productions and facilitated by special guests to keep the energy alive.
Finnegan’s Marin (Novato): Get your Warriors viewing on with specials depending on the day, like half-priced bottles of wine, and live music following the games.
Sauced BBQ (Petaluma): Swing by Sauced for a watch party complete with $3 pints of Samuel Adams Summer Ale. With ice cold drinks, authentic southern-inspired BBQ and over 250 spirits, this is the place to be in the North Bay.
The Wreck Room (San Francisco): This spacious sports hub on California Street boasts 10 flat screen TV’s providing every seat in the house with great viewpoints so you won’t miss a thing! Not to mention it offers 12 beers on tap, billiards tables, darts, arcade games, and of course basketball hoops to practice your own three-pointers during halftime.
With so much hype, even getting a seat at a bar will be a hot “ticket.” We recommend arriving at least two hours prior to tip-off. Many bars are offering reserved seating, so it may be worth it to go that route. Or, you always have a front row seat and VIP status at your house. Invite friends overs, grab some beer and get ready to cheer.
Beyond the Court
Sports fandom is really all about community, and there are other opportunities outside the game to show your Warriors fan pride and give back to the Bay Area. Support the Warriors Community Foundation dedicated to making a lasting impact on the lives of undeserved youth in the San Francisco Bay Area.
Official #WarriorsWatchParties take place during all Warriors playoff games. And the best part (aside from cheering on the Dubs)…proceeds benefit the Warriors Community Foundation.
The Community Foundation partners with local nonprofit organizations giving you ample opportunities to find your niche, show your Bay Area pride, and exhibit Dub Nation’s “Strength in Numbers.”
Don’t Miss a Minute
Here’s the full NBA Finals schedule:
All times Pacific Time
(best of 7)
Game 1 – Thursday, Cavaliers at Warriors, 6 p.m. on ABC
Game 2 – Sunday, Cavaliers at Warriors, 5 p.m. on ABC
Game 3 – June 8, Warriors at Cavaliers, 6 p.m. on ABC
Game 4 – June 10, Warriors at Cavaliers, 6 p.m. on ABC
Game 5* – June 13, Cavaliers at Warriors, 6 p.m. on ABC
Game 6* – June 16, Warriors at Cavaliers, 6 p.m. on ABC
Game 7* – June 19, Cavaliers at Warriors, 5 p.m. on ABC