The postseason appearance by the Golden State Warriors is so unexpected that a Friday night concert has to be moved across the Bay to accommodate the third game of their playoff series against the Dallas Mavericks.
The Bill Gaither and Homecoming Friends concert, a religious-themed event that has sold some 4,000 tickets, was originally scheduled for 7 p.m. Friday at Oracle Arena in Oakland. Due to the surprising late-season performance by the Bay Area’s NBA team, however, the concert now will take place at the Cow Palace in Daly City.
Oracle Arena is needed for its primary use as a sports venue now that the underdog Warriors have ended their 12-year playoff drought.
The eighth-seeded Warriors knocked off the top-seeded Dallas Mavericks in Game 1 of their Western Conference quarterfinal series Sunday and look to go up 2-0 on the road today. They return home Friday for Games 3 and 4 against the Mavericks with a legitimate chance to take control of the series.
The Arena has been a happy home for the Warriors this season as they have posted a 30-11 mark there this season.
Oracle Arena officials did not expect the Warriors to make a postseason run, as the team hadn’t made an NBA playoff appearance since 1994. The team’s upset against Dallas in Sunday’s series opener was even more unexpected.
Cow Palace officials learned Monday that they would have to scramble to accommodate the concert, one that normally would have taken months of planning and notice, according to Cow Palace event manager Tim Gilbreath.