Oracle Arena NBA Playoffs Golden State Warriors

The Warriors officially made it into the lengthy tournament known as the NBA Playoffs with their win over the Lakers on Friday. They’ll finish sixth in the Western Conference at best, which means they’ll start the first round on the road — probably back in Los Angeles, facing the Clippers.

The postseason starts on Saturday, but when the Warriors play is still a mystery. But since Stephen Curry is quickly becoming one of the most popular stars in the league and the Warriors-Clippers rivalry is ridiculously fun, I think the NBA will make sure this series gets top billing. That would probably mean Games 1 and 2 on Sunday and Tuesday at Staples, and Games 3 and 4 on Thursday and Sunday at Oracle.

That’s just conjecture; if you want to buy tickets, you get the benefit of actual, concrete days you can mark on the calendar. However, since the way the Warriors set this up is a tad confusing, I figured it might help to list the different days/times here. Plus, I’m tired of writing about 49ers getting arrested.

Thursday, April 17 (11:00 am): “Exclusive presale event” for season ticket holders

Thursday, April 17 (2:00 pm): “Additional presale event” for season ticket priority wait list members

Friday, April 18 (10:00 am): “Final presale” for Warriors Insiders

Saturday, April 19 (10:00 am): Tickets made available to the general public

My only questions after reading this were:

  1. What the heck is a Warriors Insider?
  2. How many tickets does Monte Poole need, anyway?
  3. Should former Warriors Insiders like Matt Steinmetz buy tickets on Friday morning?

Fans interested in taking part in the exclusive presale on Friday, April 18 for Warriors Insiders at 10:00 a.m., can sign-up to become a Warriors Insider in one of three ways – by ’Liking’ the Warriors on Facebook, subscribing to Insider Mobile Alerts by texting GSW to 53548, or signing up for Insider Email Alerts.

Okay, that makes sense. If you’re a Warriors fan with enough disposable income to buy playoff tickets, but not enough to throw down season ticket money or plunk down a $100 deposit to join the wait list, clicking “like” on their Facebook page could be worth it. No word on how many total tickets are available, or how many they’ll be selling on the team’s website at each of the four times listed, however.

LOUD NOISES

For those sitting on the upper level who really want to hear the sound of rubber squeaking on hardwood (although not enough rubber to make Jim Barnett happy, with the way those newfangled shoes are designed), good news! The Warriors are experimenting with microphones and speaker setups in certain sections to bring all those noises from the court up to the fans.

During a home game stretch in March (March 18, March 20 and March 22), the Warriors tested ways all spectators, regardless of seat location, experience the key “game sounds” from the court. The organization captured, seamlessly integrated and delivered in real time the sounds from the court to fans that would not normally be able to hear those sounds. The test covered five sections at Oracle Arena from just above the court-level to the last row in Club 200 (upper level). Through the testing, fans that do not normally hear the sounds on the court, for the first time, were able to hear sounds from the game including the bounce of the ball, the squeak of a player’s shoes and the banter between players and coaches.

“This project is a step forward in changing the way a fan experiences live entertainment,” said Warriors Vice President of Digital and Marketing, Kenny Lauer. “While it is still early, we are planning more testing. If a fan sitting in the top row can close their eyes and know what’s going on in the game simply from the sounds they hear, then we know we’ve got something.”

Based on extensive acoustic testing, the Warriors installed multiple sets of microphones, two arrays of six loudspeaker positions, and a ring of delay speakers in strategic locations around the court and throughout Oracle Arena to deliver the right sounds to those further away from the action, but not to those fans close enough to already experience the sounds of the game. The Warriors plan to continue to explore ways to further this test in their ongoing desire to provide their fans the best game day experience.

This is the first I’ve heard of this. All I knew was sometimes the sound of the ball going through the net is ridiculously loud at Oracle Arena, especially when the crowd quiets down before a Warrior makes a free throw. The acoustics idea is an interesting one, but a team wouldn’t use those additional speakers to pump in extra crowd noise … would they? Nahhhhh.