OAKLAND, Calif. – After 40 years, these Bay Area basketball fans had a chance to see their team the Golden State Warriors win the NBA championship.
It was a sold-out event that had Oracle Arena packed with fans who gobbled up the 17,000 tickets.
Never mind that they would be watching the game on giant screens because the actual game was taking place in Cleveland.
Still the Game 6 watch party felt like the real thing and fans wanted in on the Warriors’ first win in four decades.
Tickets were originally priced at $15 but some ticket holders made money on the resale market.
Before the game started, the cheapest prices for these assigned seat tickets were $56, while other lower-level seats ballooned to $89.
But there was not one bad seat in the house as these fans cheered on their team until the clock ran out.
Warriors hype man, Filipino American Franco Finn, says that he cherishes this moment a little more because he has been with the team during its not-so-successful years.
“I’m so proud,” said Finn. “I’m like the only Filipino emcee in the NBA and I can say I got an NBA title and hopefully a ring coming real soon. I bet you we go to the Philippines, we go worldwide. We see Curry jerseys, Iguodala jerseys all over. It’s going to be blue and gold and it happens to be that we got those in the Filipino flag!”
Large numbers of Fil-Ams were among the thousands in attendance.
Barbara Munoz and her family traveled from Las Vegas for a chance to witness history.
“I’m celebrating my 42nd birthday with a win,” exclaimed Munoz. “We watched the second game and now we watched the viewing party so we came back and forth twice and now we’re going to stay for the parade!”
Other Fil-Am fans braved long lines just to be the first to go home with Warriors championship gear.
“We had to get one for everyone: my lolo, lola, my mom, my dad, my kuya, my other kuya, my two ates, and myself,” said Jenna Cadana. “This is a once in a lifetime opportunity so of course we’re going to spend. It doesn’t matter what the price is, they haven’t won in 40 years.”
With the celebration underway the Golden State Warriors and the city of Oakland are currently working on a victory parade that looks to be scheduled for this Friday June 19.
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