The Golden State Warriors and Candytopia, the candy-coated experiential adventure that has delighted crowds nationwide, announced today they have joined forces to create Warriors Hooptopia. Warriors Hooptopia, exclusively available at Thrive City, the sports and entertainment district anchored by Chase Center, the Warriors’ new 18,064-seat privately financed sports and entertainment arena in the San Francisco’s Mission Bay neighborhood, will bring together the history of the six-time NBA Champion Warriors and imagination of Candytopia to create an innovative basketball-themed experience for guests of all ages.
Through the partnership, Warriors Hooptopia is expected to attract Warriors fans from all over the Bay Area and beyond to experience the life of a Warriors through a fun, playful and interactive experience, providing many real-time photo opportunities to share with friends. Fans will have the opportunity to live out their Warriors dream and experience all of the stages of an Warriors career, from draft day to introductory press conferences to workouts to Championship celebrations and more. Warriors Hooptopia is expected to open at Thrive City this October.
“We think this attraction will be a slam dunk with our fans as we combine the creative genius of Candytopia with our storied history,” said Rick Welts, Warriors President and Chief Operating Officer. “The ability to live and recreate some of these incredible moments – from draining a Stephen Curry-like 3-pointer to celebrating a Warriors’ championship surrounded by falling confetti --- will create memories for a lifetime for fans of all ages.”
[Candytopia](https://www.candytopia.com/ "Candytopia") features over a dozen rooms and environments with larger-than-life interactive art installations and full sensory experiences. The marshmallowy mini-theme park launched in 2018 in Santa Monica and has toured throughout the United States, and is currently operating locations in Dallas and Houston.
“We are excited to bring the fan experience to life with a reimaged adventure for every Warriors enthusiast to feel like they are part of the team,” said John Goodman, CEO of Candytopia. “We are honored to be joining forces with the Warriors in creating an original, interactive, and up-close opportunity for the fans to live out their dreams of playing for their favorite team.”
About Chase Center & Thrive City
Chase Center, an 18,064-seat sports and entertainment arena set to open in September of 2019, will anchor Thrive City, the multipurpose, privately financed complex in San Francisco’s Mission Bay neighborhood consisting of 3.2 acres of publicly accessible plazas and open space that are part of a larger mixed-use development including two office buildings and dozens of unique restaurant and retail locations. Chase Center will play host to games featuring the six-time NBA Champion Golden State Warriors, concerts, cultural events, family shows and more, totaling nearly 200 events per year. Thrive City, the surrounding district of Chase Center, will be a community gathering space providing a slate of year-round health and wellness programming, including Get Fit clinics, yoga sessions, farmer’s markets, ice skating and much more.
For anyone who’s ever dreamed of scoring a Golden Ticket or nibbling their way through Candyland, Candytopia transports guests to an imaginative confectionary wonderland with a one-of-a-kind full sensory experience and welcomes people of all ages to explore their sweet tooth like never before. Candytopia was created by global candy artist Jackie Sorkin (star of TLC’s “Candy Queen”), events and production design expert Zac Hartog, and retail veteran John Goodman. Candytopia has drawn long lines and sold-out crowds during its limited run engagements in Santa Monica, New York and San Francisco. In 2019, it has opened in Atlanta, Minneapolis-St. Paul at Mall of America, Dallas and Houston, with additional cities to be announced soon. For more information and to purchase tickets, please visit https://www.candytopia.com