Construction Cost: $121 Million (renovation cost in 1996-1997)
Oracle Arena is the oldest stadium in the NBA, first opening in 1966. It’s also referred to as “Roracle,” because it is one of the loudest arenas in all of basketball. It certainly lived up to the hype in Game 1 of the Western Conference Finals, when the Warriors stormed back from 25 down to beat the Spurs 113-111 to take a 1-0 lead in the series.
This place was bumping. I heard Oracle was a dump, but I had to check it out before they relocate to San Francisco for the 2019-2020 NBA season, in their new arena the “Chase Arena.” But I didn’t think Oracle was a dump; it was clean and well put together. I imagine that the new arena is going to be beautiful, and it’s location will be even better; I wrote about The Bay area in San Fran here.
But thanks to my friend Zach and his uncle, I had a chance to check Oracle out and was lucky enough to witness one of the greatest postseason comebacks in NBA history. Steph Curry went for 40 and the place was absolutely electric.