In 1946, the debut season of the Basketball Association of America (BAA) started. Only three teams from the original list of participants have existed up to this day. They are Boston Celtics, New York Knicks, and Warriors. At the time of creation, the last one was based in Philadelphia.
Traditionally, the team got its name in honor of the former basketball team, with the incredibly original name Philadelphia Phyllis. It had been performing for two years in the ABL. During the debut season of 1926/27, Phillies were renamed to Warriors, whose name was picked up by talented heirs from the BAA. The revived Warriors established themselves as the powerful team by winning the first BAA (and NBA) championship title in history.
In 1962, Frank Mulie, the wealthy businessman from the Bay Area in San Francisco, acquired the team. Therefore, the team moved to this place soon. In the 1961/62 season, the San Francisco Warriors showed themselves. Despite the appealing title, the exciting game of Chamberlain, and memorable confrontations with favorites from Boston, the team didn’t gain love from the local public. The catastrophically low attendance of home matches, held in the small town of Daly City and, occasionally, in Auckland and San Jose, led to the team’s next move. Season of 1970-1971 was the last one in the history of the Warriors team from San Francisco.
Having changed the name to the Golden State Warriors in the 1971-1972 season, the team began to hold all their home meetings in Oakland. Six home games were played in San Diego, but more importantly, no matches were played in San Francisco or Daly City. Changing the name, the Warriors became one of two teams in the Big Four sports in the name of which there was no mention of the state or city they are performing in. The New England Patriots are the other team playing in the National Football League.
The Golden State Warriors team has no talisman, and the home stadium of the Golden State Warriors Oracle Arena is the NBA’s oldest active arena.
Oracle fans (or, as it is often called, simply “The O”) are known as one of the most passionate and loyal in the NBA. It should be mentioned that the arena is considered to be one of the noisiest in the league.
Evolution of the Golden State Warriors Logo
On January 5, 1933, authorities started building the construction of one of the largest Golden Gate bridges connecting San Francisco and the southern part of Marin County. The silhouette of the bridge over the San Francisco Bay, made in the style of retro emblems, is depicted on the current Golden State Warriors logo.
First, the basketball team was named Philadelphia Warriors, then – San Francisco Warriors, and only in recent years became known as the Golden State Warriors. The name change was accompanied by an update of logos, which the club has at least ten. In terms of the selection of colors and shapes, they are uniform, but there are exceptions.
1947 – 1951
Seventy-two years ago, a new promising basketball team appeared in Pennsylvania. The team was called the Philadelphia Warriors. The first emblem was introduced in 1947, a year after the appearance of the Philadelphia Warriors. It was a cartoon image of an Indian in the form of a cartoon character. He plays basketball, and a headdress with a feather adorns his head. Color selection is simple, like drawing: the ball and feather are yellow, the native of America is white, the outlines are purple. Also, on the logo, there is a yellow inscription “Warriors,” made in a handwritten font.
1952 – 1962
In the last ten years which the basketball team spent in Philadelphia, Warriors used an updated version of the first logo. After the redesign, not a single full-color element remained: the image consists only of blue contours. Artists redrew the logo, changing the proportions. As you can see, the movement of the ball was traced in the form of a “W” letter (from the word Warriors). The name Philadelphia Warriors was located in the center.
1963 – 1969
The new logo appeared when the team moved to another state and became known as San Francisco Warriors. Designers used a large circle as a basis and placed a smaller circle in it, and in the center, they placed the national headdress of the Indians. In the white ring that surrounds the yellow middle, the club’s full name is written in blue sans serif letters.
1970 – 1971
In 1969, the emblem developers decided to move away from the theme of the Indians and emphasize the team’s territorial affiliation. To do this, they depicted the Golden Gate Bridge in a yellow circle with a blue frame and placed the inscription “The CITY” on top.
1972 – 1975
In 1971, the club was renamed Golden State Warriors. The new name is reflected in the logo. Now, the circle contains the borders of the US state of California with a blue star located on the site of the San Francisco Bay Area and indicates the team’s geographical location. Above the orange circle, there is a dark blue inscription “GOLDEN STATE,” and under the bottom – the word “WARRIORS.”
1976 – 1988
Basketball players from California had been proudly playing under this emblem for 12 years. Then, the artists drew a circle with lines, making it look like a basketball. Also, they modified the palette, replacing orange with yellow.
1989 – 1997
The 1989 Golden State Warriors emblem had become a more refined version of the previous one. The circle turned orange again. The font has changed: now, the letters are more flattened and bold than in the previous versions.
1998 – 2010
In 1998, Golden State Warriors completely redefined the concept of the emblem. The orange circle turned into a realistic ball, against which a man in a blue superhero costume is depicted. The character holds a zipper in his hands, bending over the word “WARRIORS”. Lightning merges with the letter “W” and seems to be its continuation.
2011 – 2019
Another logo was introduced on July 17, 2010. Work on it has been ongoing for 18 months. The team returned to the yellow-blue palette, using Warriors Royal Blue and California Golden yellow as the main shades. The designers again placed the Golden Gate Bridge fragment in the circle, placed the inscription “GOLDEN STATE” on the top, and “WARRIORS” on the bottom. This emblem is the result of the club’s collaboration with the NBA and Adidas.
2020 – present
In 2020, the colors became darker, which allowed focusing on the subtle details of the bridge. The updated logo was released on June 14, 2019, while the team moved to the Chase Center.
Font and Color of the Emblem
The Golden State Warriors emblem depicts part of the Golden Gate Bridge span connecting San Francisco and Oakland. This is one of the San Francisco Bay Area’s main attractions, which allows you to identify the location of a professional basketball club and emphasizes its commitment to the native region.
The last two emblems use a personalized font that was developed in collaboration with Adidas. This is an antique with small sharp serifs on the left side. The palette is selected by the official color scheme of the club: royal blue for a circle and inscriptions, yellow for Golden Gate Bridge, and a ring passing along the inner edge.