It was a memorable regular season opener for the Golden State Warriors at Chase Center. Dub Nation came out in full force to support the team on newly-minted Warriors Ground. To mark the occasion, the team debuted a new addition to the pregame ceremony: the ringing of the cable car bell. The bell will be rung by various Warriors fans, guests, and celebrities throughout the season. The authentic San Francisco Cable Car bell is a nod to ex-Warriors owner Franklin Mieuli and his tradition of ringing a bell at games.
Former Warrior Joe Ellis, who was part of the previous Warriors team to play a home game in San Francisco 48 years ago, rang the cable car bell at center court before the season opener tipped off. Ellis, a native of Oakland who played collegiately at the University of San Francisco, was a forward with the Warriors franchise for all eight of his NBA career seasons and a member of the Dubs when they played their previous game in San Francisco in 1971.
Thursday's season opener marked the start of a new era of Golden State Warriors basketball, and the cable car bell will surely become a signature tradition that coincides with it.