This Friday the Warriors will take on the Cavs in Game Four in an effort to reclaim their second consecutive championship. Also facing a battle, albeit uphill, are fans in Oakland who want to keep their team exactly where they are and not see them move across the bay.
Tomorrow starting at 5 p.m. at the center of Jack London Square, there will be a viewing party/rally to get the Warriors to stay in the East Bay. The first 400 attendees will get their hands on a free “Oakland Warriors” t-shirt and sign.
For those not in the know, the Golden State Warriors are headquartered in Oakland, even though the team has never taken on their city's name, instead going by the moniker Golden State Warriors. (After leaving Philadelphia, the team was known as the San Francisco Warriors up until 1971.) Now they plan on moving to San Francisco, as part of Mayor Ed Lee's legacy, heading to Mission Bay in 2019 as part of a major area expansion.
Understandably, some Warriors fans aren't having any of it. As the Guardian recently pointed out, Oakland feels "insulted" and "abandoned."
For fans in San Francisco who want to watch the game with a massive crowd, and who don't care a lick about the East Bay/SF sports controversy, a jumbotron screen will go up at Civic Center Plaza at 6 p.m.
"In addition to the game's broadcast," SFist reports, "Off the Grid food trucks will be parked in the area to feed viewers."