METALLICA will team up with the San Francisco Symphony on September 6 to open the new Chase Center in San Francisco.

The classical musicians and classic rockers will be the first acts to perform at the new 18,064-seat arena that will serve as home to the NBA team Golden State Warriors in the fall.

The pairing was announced earlier today (Monday, Monday, March 18) at a press conference hosted just outside of the venue attended by METALLICA‘s Lars Ulrich and James Hetfield, San Francisco Symphony music director Michael Tilson Thomas, Warriors owner and CEO Joe Lacob, Warriors president and chief operating officer Rick Welts and San Francisco mayor London Breed.

“We wanted to do something unique to the Bay Area,” Welts said at the announcement, “something that would happen only here and nowhere else in the world.”

“It’s a beautiful opportunity,” Hetfield said at the half-hour conference. “We’re super proud that after 38 years there’s still cool things on the horizon for us.”

Tickets for the concert go on sale at 10 a.m. Friday, March 22, at METALLICA fan-club members will be allowed to access them via an exclusive pre-sale at 9 a.m. Tuesday, March 19; and there will also be a pre-sale for Chase cardholders at noon Tuesday.

The original “S&M” concerts were performed by METALLICA and the San Francisco Symphony conducted by the late Michael Kamen in spring of 1999 at the Berkeley Community Theatre. The “S&M²” concert will feature the first live performances of these arrangements in 20 years, plus the first-ever METALLICA/San Francisco Symphony renditions of songs written and released since the original “S&M”, with new orchestral charts by Bruce Coughlin.

METALLICA‘s first performance with the San Francisco Symphony yielded the Grammy-winning live album “S&M”.

.@Warriors Owner Joe Lacob and Warriors President and Chief Operating Officer @RickWelts announce the first show of Chase Center Reveal Week.

— Chase Center (@ChaseCenter) March 18, 2019