The Warriors are moving across the bay to San Francisco, and when that happens, Oracle Arena will be no more. The new arena already has a sponsor name attached, via ESPN:
The Golden State Warriors announced Thursday that they have agreed with JP Morgan Chase on a 20-year naming rights deal for their arena that is scheduled to open in 2019.The 18,000-seat privately funded facility in San Francisco's Mission Bay neighborhood will be called the Chase Center.
That's an OK name, nothing wrong with it, I'm sure the money is nice. But it's going to be a sad day when the Warriors leave Oracle. Besides the name -- and the great "Roaracle" nickname that has come with it -- Oracle Arena itself has really come to be one of the NBA's really special venues. It's got a fanbase that's absolutely rabid; it's the loudest arena in the NBA (no disrespect to OKC). Part of that was the mix of tech folks and blue collar, long-time season ticket holders from all across Northern California.
During the Finals last year, I talked to a cop who would drive from 40 minutes East for games, as well as tech workers from Santa Cruz and people from all over. It was a different atmosphere. Moving the arena makes absolute financial sense, it's going to make owners Joe Lacob and Peter Guber insanely rich... well, OK, even more so. Having a new commercial district around the arena will make going to games more fun for fans. But something will be lost when they leave Oracle. When you have a special environment, trying to recreate it in a new building is difficult.
But hey, by that time they may need to make more room for their banners if the Warriors keep this up.