It doesn’t seem that long ago that Chase Center opened its doors, launching a new home and a new season for the Golden State Warriors. It was the cherry on top for spoiled Bay Area sports fans whose bragging rights includes five NBA Finals, two Super Bowls and three World Series. No one could have imagined our favorite teams and games would be impacted by a global pandemic—but Bay Area fans still have plenty reason to be proud. From the Warriors to the Giants to the A’s to the Niners, here is how our local teams have pulled together off the court and off the field to help ease the impact for employees.
Golden State Warriors
Warriors ownership, players and coaches pooled $1.4 million to go toward a disaster relief fund established by the Warriors Community Foundation. The fund provides assistance to employees who work games at Chase Center who are adversely impacted by the loss of games. The Warriors employ more than 1,000 part-time employees who work in various functions at each game, including food service, security, guest services, custodial and more. “The men and women who work our games at Chase Center are critical in providing an incredible game-night experience for our fans, including of course, the popcorn vendors,” says Warriors guard Stephen Curry. “As players, we wanted to do something, along with our ownership and coaches, to help ease the pain during this time.”
Oakland Athletics and San Francisco Giants
The Oakland A’s and San Francisco Giants each established a $1 million employee relief fund for ballpark employees at the Oakland Coliseum and Oracle Park—something all 30 Major League Baseball will be doing for their own local employees. Ballpark employees impacted by the season’s suspension include ushers, vendors, and security guards.
San Francisco 49ers The 49ers organization committed $500,000 to support their employees and the community and invested $49,000 toward a newly created fund for nonprofit organizations in Santa Clara and San Mateo counties.The National Football League collaborated with the National Football League Players Association, clubs, owners and players to donate more than $35 million, including $3.4 million from the NFL Foundation as part of the COVID-19 relief efforts. San Francisco's players, coaches and staff have contributed to local efforts as well, including safety Jake Thieneman, who teamed up with Boston-based The Ventilator Project, a non-profit that is producing up to 60,000 low-cost ventilators a month to help meet growing demands.