San Francisco’s sports arena is ready to welcome a Hong Kong-based pop star, who will be the first Asian singer to take the stage at the prestigious, still relatively new venue.
Chase Center, home of seven-time basketball champions the Golden State Warriors, will become the destination for many fans on Sept. 20 as Eason Chan, a Chinese superstar, is set to stop in San Francisco as part of his North America concert tour.
“Friends in North America, did you hear that? I will be there!” Chan posted on Facebook in Chinese, prompting thousands of likes and hundreds of comments, and making headlines across the Bay Area’s Chinese-language media.
Other stops on Chan’s tour include Anaheim, Vancouver, New York, Toronto and Chicago.
A spokesperson for the Warriors—who also own and operate Chase Center—confirmed that Chan is the first Chinese and first Asian singer to perform at the venue. Located in Mission Bay, it opened in 2019 and soon became a popular concert stop for top-tier acts. Drake and P!nk have upcoming concerts at Chase Center as well.
Chan, 48, sings both in Cantonese and Mandarin and is considered one of the most successful Chinese singers in Asia. He has been the most-streamed artist on Spotify in Hong Kong for many years and, as an actor, has starred in multiple Chinese films.
Ticket sales information will be available next week, according to the Warriors.
Asian pop stars are once again touring in the U.S. as the world recovers from the pandemic. In San Francisco, South Korean pop group Blackpink will come to Oracle Park in August. In spite of its substantial Asian American population, the Bay Area isn’t always a stop, however. Many Asian stars opt to play casinos in Reno or Las Vegas instead.
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