SAN FRANCISCO (CelebrityAccess) — Chase Center Arena, home court of the Golden State Warriors, announced the appointment of veteran facilities manager Kim Stone as the arena’s new General Manager.
Stone, who has over two decades of experience in venue and operational management in the sports and entertainment industry, will oversee all operations as it relates to Chase Center, reporting to Warriors President and Chief Operating Officer Rick Welts.
“I view this as an opportunity of a lifetime to join an extremely talented group of individuals who are creating this incredible state-of-the art venue in San Francisco,” said Stone. “Chase Center will not only serve as the home of the NBA Champion Warriors but also the biggest acts in entertainment as we aim to make this arena an international destination. Thanks to the vision of Joe Lacob, Peter Guber and Rick Welts, we hope to reimagine the event experience and create unparalleled excitement for the Bay Area and, really, the world.”
Stone joins the Chase Center from the Miami Heat and AmericanAirlines Arena, where she served as Executive Vice President of Business Development, after a twelve-year stint as General Manager of the arena.
As GM, Stone oversaw strategic planning and financial management of the arena and the Miami Heat, including hosting four consecutive NBA Finals. Stone rose through the ranks of the Miami HEAT organization during her 23-year tenure. Hired initially into the Sports Media Relations department in 1996, she spent three years in that area before leading the organization’s efforts to launch the WNBA’s Miami Sol in 1999 as Senior Director of Operations.
Prior to joining the HEAT, Stone was the Sports Publicity Director for the University of Texas women’s athletics department from 1992-94.