Chase Center Arena, San Francisco, CA.

Home of the Golden State Warriors

Project Description
Chase Center, a state-of-the-art sports and entertainment arena in San Francisco, is home to the Golden State Warriors and nearly 200 events per year. The state-of-the-art 18,000-seat Chase Center arena was designed to create an inviting atmosphere to its visitors. Each interior destination was crafted with interior destinations that embody varieties of opulence and opportunities for eclectic guest experiences.

“The array of suites, diverse clubs, and public spaces evoke a new caliber of design for arenas – a hospitable blending of high-end luxury and sports. The main concourse level emulates ambient lighting – kinetic in form – to fill the vast scale of a contemporary zone. Court-level clubs integrate an industrial theme with purposeful high-contrasting finish selections and exaggerated fixture scaling while hidden lighting illuminates open structural arena space overhead.

Utilizing an unprecedented technique, the interior lighting color rendering was specified at a warm, 3000 Kelvin, 90 CRI luminaires to support subtle layers of color-changing lighting, integrated within the interior massing of seven leveled tiers, and proudly representing the Warriors team colors of royal blue and golden yellow. Erected on schedule, within energy code compliance, and with 100% LED technology and LEED certification, the Chase Center delivers a new standard in exclusive arena design.” – First Circle Design

Project Details

Developer: Golden State Warriors

Lighting Design:

  • First Circle Design (Interiors)
  • Sean O’Connor Lighting (Exterior Site)
  • Pritchard Peck (Office Towers)

Interior Architect: Gensler

Architect: Manica Architecture

Electrical Contractor: Rosendin Electric

Distributor: Graybar

Photos: ©Jason O’Rear / Chase Center

Awards: IES 2020 Illumination Award of Merit

Awards: IES 2021 Illumination Award of Merit for Exteriors

IES Award of Merit for Exteriors

Lumen West Award of Merit for Exteriors: Designers: David Hahn, Sean O’Connor, Stacey Guevara, Jason O’Rear - Sean O’Connor Lighting


A Touch of TONES

The arena’s main entrance lobby evokes an elaborate and grand interior that features a four-story atrium, punctuated by adventurous and progressive ornamentation. The customized color cove lighting boldly represents the team’s blue and gold color badges and can be seen throughout a variety of the public areas.

The customized Targetti TONES, designed in collaboration with Gensler, were utilized to boldly represent the teams blue and gold color badges. The special color combination of colors was composed by a precise LED combination that was carefully selected, mixed together and controlled to produce an ideal light spectrum. These rich emission spectrum’s incorporating color quality with pure color rendering index can be seen throughout a variety of the public areas.


The Inner Circle

“The team locker room embraces a sense of unity and duty that evokes serene focus for victory. Dramatically triumphant in design; powerfully meditative when experienced.”


Golden Accents

The Chase Center Owner’s Club exudes luxury through layered integrated lighting. This exclusive arena space utilizes 2700K lighting, revealing a warm and relaxing residential expression.


Relaxed Opulence

The variety of different level lounges throughout the arena embrace opulence and uniquely distinctive atmospheres – unified through color and a variety of well thought out lighting designs that bring the spaces to life. The Courtside Lounges display design and palette elements that reflect the luxury and comfort of the local Napa Valley wine country as seen in design elements inspired by a wine barrel interior. The bright white and dark wood accents and shelving are accented with a variety of layered lighting and complimentary color temperatures to create a warm and inviting environment.


Cable Lighting Accents

DuraLED Cable light paired with Duralamp’s Stargazer LED Lamp provides a virtually maintenance free solution for festive lighting of the Chase Centers Upper Concourse. Undercabinet accents and toe kicks of The City Bar area are accented with DuraTape to leave no detail untouched.


Outdoor Accents

Our low voltage IP65 cable light delivers a dramatic lighting effect in Warm White that comes pre-assembled for ease of installation to the projects specific lengths.


This high performance outdoor luminaire was integrated into the metal canopy to illuminate pedestrian pathway. Jupiter is the perfect solution for high output illumination in delicately designed spaces.


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