Chase Center: Marvel’s Simu Liu dedicates ‘sensory room’ to Warriors arena
SAN FRANCISCO– Simu Liu, who is best known for playing Marvel superhero Shang-Chi, wants everyone who attends an event at Chase Center to feel welcome, comfortable and supported, just like he was. in the five months that followed her own challenges with anxiety.
Now there’s the Simu Liu Sensory Room, with carpeted walls, lighting features, puzzles and games to provide a quiet space for guests who might feel overwhelmed or overstimulated. The Chinese-Canadian actor who starred in the 2021 film “Shang-Chi and the Legend of the Ten Rings” helped unveil the renovated venue before the Golden State Warriors host the Oklahoma City Thunder on Monday night.
“Very good. It’s simple. It’s perfect,” Liu said. “What an incredible opportunity we’ve given so many fans who would normally only dream of coming to the Chase Center to see the Golden State Warriors play.”
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Built with the support of KultureCity, a non-profit organization that advocates for the acceptance of people with “invisible disabilities”, the place can also be used by nursing mothers, with a fridge to store milk. The space includes noise cancellation and activities and lights to help calm the mind.
Through therapy and taking note of how he feels, Liu has addressed his own mental health and wants to use his platform to stand up for and show he cares for others going through tough times.
“Obviously it goes without saying that I really understood the importance of mental health and taking care of your mental health. It starts with something as simple as burnout and then it can quickly escalate into feelings of anxiety, depression. For some people, the solution to these ailments and problems is as simple as seeing someone, seeking professional help, and going to therapy. And that is which I did and it was extremely helpful,” Liu said.
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Liu, 33, said it might seem “unfathomable” for people with sensory issues to feel like they could come to a game, but the calming new space could help ease that burden.
“There’s an overstimulation of the senses and sometimes you just need a nice, quiet place and it’s as simple as coming here for a few minutes, calming down, looking at a few lights and breathing and taking a time,” he said.
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