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Santa Cruz Warriors to Host Home Game at Chase Center

The Santa Cruz Warriors will get to play Chase Center in San Francisco for the first time since the arena opened two years ago

The Santa Cruz Warriors will host the NBA G League's Ignite on March 13 at the Chase Center in San Francisco, home of the Golden State Warriors. (Photo by Juan Reyes)

SANTA CRUZ—The Santa Cruz Warriors will get a chance to play this season at the Chase Center in San Francisco for the first time since the arena opened two years ago. 

The team announced Tuesday that they will play the NBA G League Ignite on March 13 at 3pm. The first 10,000 fans will receive a Stephen Curry Birthday Bobblehead on the eve of the two-time MVP’s birthday. 

Santa Cruz was supposed to host the Austin Spurs at the Chase Center last year on March 14, but that game was cancelled due to the Covid-19 pandemic.

The Warriors hold a 1-2 record in games played on Golden State’s home court. They have also drawn crowds of more than 14,000 fans to the Oracle Arena, including a then new single-game NBA G League attendance record in February 2017 with a crowd of 17,497 in attendance. 

In the Ignite’s second year, the team will feature two players in the ESPN top 10 recruiting class of 2021 that includes No. 2-ranked Jaden Hardy and No. 9 Michael Foster Jr. 

Last year’s Ignite squad featured three players in the 2021 NBA Draft, with two being drafted in the top 10—Jalen Green at No. 2 to the Houston Rockets and Jonathan Kuminga drafted by Golden State at No. 7 overall.

The Chase Center will continue to comply with all health and safety protocols regarding the venue’s entry requirements, as mandated by the City and County of San Francisco Department of Public Health. Updated event entry guidelines will be provided closer to the event.

The Warriors and Ignite have two games scheduled in the first half of the season on Nov. 26 and Dec. 17 at Kaiser Permanente Arena in Santa Cruz. Tickets for those games are on sale now on the team’s website at www.santacruzbasketball.com.

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