Hometown heroes Metallica open Chase Center in September, in concert with the San Francisco Symphony. (Courtesy Ross Halfin)

Chase Center to open with Metallica, San Francisco Symphony

Chase Center, the Warriors’ new stadium, will get christened with a concert featuring Metallica and the San Francisco Symphony on Sept. 6.

Warriors officials, symphony music director Michael Tilson Thomas, Metallica’s James Hetfield and Lars Ulrich and San Francisco Mayor London Breed announced the show at a news conference at the center this morning.

The concert doesn’t represent the first time the two acts have played together. Twenty years ago, they played “S&M” shows in Berkeley.

“The fact that San Francisco is finally getting a much needed world-class arena, the fact that Metallica get to be part of the opening celebration, the fact that we get to revisit S&M 20 years later, and the fact that we get to share the stage not only with the San Francisco Symphony once again, but with the legend himself, MTT, as he kicks off his final year as music director here in San Francisco. This is mind-blowingly awesome,” said Ulrich.

“We’re super glad, thanks for building it for us,” said Hetfield, referring to the 18,000-seat stadium in Mission Bay slated to house the Warriors for the 2019-20 season and beyond.

Tickets go on sale to the general public on Friday. Pre-sale tickets for Chase cardholders start Tuesday.

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