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USA TODAYThe Golden State Warriors were set to move, and so was Trevor Laub. He knew he had to make the most of it. So last year, the 23-year-old purchased the team’s ticket package that gave him entry to the arena, minus a seat. It was called an “In the Building” pass. He not only got into the building, but wound up sitting courtside at 29 regular-season contests and two playoff series thanks to his technological acumen and a sprinkle of wit and common sense. Laub, a Bay Area native and diehard Warriors fan, moved to Los Angeles in May to pursue his career as a filmmaker. The Warriors said goodbye to Oracle Arena in Oakland and are moving across the bay to a $1.4 billion complex called Chase Center in San Francisco beginning this season.“I was like, ‘There has to be a way. I have to somehow get into a seat,'” he told USA TODAY Sports. “I wasn’t even thinking courtside.”Laub remembered watching a video of YouTuber Zac Alsop walk out with Connor McGregor at a press conference promoting his fight against Floyd Mayweather Jr. He credits that as his inspiration. NBA SCHEDULE RELEASED: Must-see games of 2019-20 seasonMAGIC JOHNSON TURNS 60: Top 60 list of a variety of topicsLaub utilized Adobe After Effects to alter his general admission ticket and make it look like he actually had a courtside seat. He explains it all on his own YouTube channel, where his first video has been viewed more than 240,000 times. He released his video of sneaking courtside during the playoffs last week.“I got so many tweets and people DM’ing me on Instagram, good and bad,” Laub said. “A lot of people were saying, ‘You must have had the time of your life!’ or ‘You’re a savage.’ A lot of people were also DM’ing me saying, ‘Oh you messed it up for me’ because the secret is out.”According to Laub, the Warriors have not reached out to him.How did he consistently score some of the best seats in the house?Laub said a specific season-ticket holder rarely showed up to games and always tried to sell the seats through Ticketmaster or StubHub. He scouted the sites until as close to tip-off as he could wait; he’d always have the proper designation on his “ticket” to give him access to the sections and memorized the seat location. The best part for Laub was holding onto his integrity as a Warriors fan during his adventure to the lower bowels of Oracle. “I really didn’t mean to do any type of harm,” he said. “The Warriors didn’t lose any money. And I would never want to take money from them. They’re my favorite franchise. Because they actually sold a season ticket, and the season-ticket holder just decided to never come to the games. So it’s not like the Warriors lost any money.” The motivation behind posting the videos is twofold. For one, Laub’s move means he won’t be attending many more home Warriors contests — he admittedly had nothing to lose. And as a filmmaker trying to gain clout on YouTube, what better way than to promote a personal brand? “Hopefully people don’t get inspired and do what I did and get in trouble,” he said. “Because I don’t want them to come and blame me for something they did if they get caught.”The Warriors will head to the Staples Center in Los Angeles to face the Lakers on Nov. 13. Is it possible Laub figures out a way to sneak close to his favorite team once more, this time at a different venue? “I don’t want the Staples Center to be on watch for me,” Laub said with a chuckle. “I don’t know if I’m going to comment on that.”We’ll have to check YouTube in a few months to find out.AutoplayShow ThumbnailsShow CaptionsLast SlideNext Slide
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