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For anyone who has ever dreamed of shooting like Stephen Curry, dunking like Klay Thompson or celebrating at a championship parade like Draymond Green, the Warriors are developing a way to make this a reality.
Or a virtual reality, anyway.
The Warriors on Thursday will announce a partnership with creative minds behind the wildly popular Candytopia and are developing a basketball version of the sugar-coated interactive experience expected to open in October.
Warriors Hooptopia will be part of a three-story structure at the corner of Terry A. Francois Boulevard and Warriors Way, on the site of the new, state-of-the-art Chase Center.
There will be real-time photo opportunities as participants move through 10-12 rooms that lead people from practicing as a child to being flown into San Francisco after being drafted to waving from a championship parade float.
The partnership team of the Warriors and Candytopia — a pop-up museum based on real and artificial candy creations — seemingly thought of everything in between during the months of brainstorming the project. Participants may try to make Curry’s buzzer-beating shots, run 40 feet and be lifted by a harness to dunk and celebrate in the locker room with parkas and sparkling water.
Candytopia “is relying on Warriors’ attraction and promotion abilities, and they’re taking the infrastructure they’ve already created and their creative expertise to hatch something that will be an unbelievable attraction,” Warriors president Rick Welts said. “I think there really is going to be something for everybody, and that it will be a really big hit.”
It sure has been that way for Candytopia, which started nearly 1½ years ago in Santa Monica and has had about 1.1 million patrons as the show has traveled across the United States.
Candytopia has included being showered in confetti by candy-coated unicorn pigs, swimming in a pool of 300,000 marshmallows and samples from chocolate truffles to gummy bears.
“It’s really a magical experience,” Candytopia CEO John Goodman said. “Hooptopia is letting us expand and play with some new technology.”
Then-Warriors Kevin Durant and Damian Jones experienced Candytopia when it swept through San Francisco. Already a friend of Warriors owner Joe Lacob, Goodman needed a “nanosecond” to agree to the partnership when the franchise reached out to him.
As the Warriors pivoted their plan from a three-story restaurant and retail space to a future hotel, they found the perfect place to house Hooptopia. The Warriors’ goal is get approval from the governing body of Mission Bay to start building the hotel in a couple of years, but for at least several months, Hooptopia will use the three-story structure.
The third floor will be devoted for pop-up restaurants and retail, and the 14,000-square-foot first and second stories will be all Hooptopia, including a huge slide from the second floor to the ground floor.
Ticket information for Warriors Hooptopia will be announced at a later date. For more information and sign-up for early access tickets, visit www.warriorshooptopia.com.
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