Kim Stone is the first general manager of San Francisco’s Chase Center. 

Longtime exec for Miami Heat, AmericanAirlines Arena takes ‘opportunity of a lifetime’

Kim Stone has been named general manager of San Francisco’s Chase Center. Stone is the executive vice president of business development for the Miami Heat and AmericanAirlines Arena, a position she started last fall after serving 12 years as the venue’s general manager.

Stone will report to Rick Welts, president and chief operating officer of the NBA’s Warriors, who will play at Chase Center beginning next season. The venue is expected to open in September.

“Kim’s experience crosses most every aspect of the sports and entertainment industry,” Welts said in a statement. “Chase Center will be a global destination and Kim’s vision and experience in guiding a world-class venue will add to the fan experience we aspire to deliver every day.”

Stone said in a statement, “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.

“Chase Center will not only serve as 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.”

The 50-day search to find a GM to open the building was conducted by the Warriors and Turnkey Search.

AmericanAirlines Arena hosted consecutive NBA Finals from 2011 through 2014 and consistently ranks as the No. 1 arena in Florida and top 10 in the U.S., according to Pollstar.

Stone spent 23 years with the Heat, first with the sports media relations department. In 1999 Stone was promoted to senior director of 0perations, and in 2002 she became chief of staff to Eric Woolworth, the Heat’s president of business operations,

Stone was a winner of VenuesNow‘s Women of Influence award in 2013.