Rick Welts Rumors
Welts said everything else is an all-go for the SF arena–only the litigation stands in the way of the Warriors putting a shovel in the ground, and it will take over two years to construct it once the shovel goes in.
We had a detailed discussion about the plans for the arena, the site lines, and Welts said that there are definitively no plans to house an NHL team there. That was an early decision–it’ll be built in NBA dimensions, not to fit both NBA and hockey, Welts said. We also had good conversations about Welts’ experiences working alongside Adam Silver in the NBA offices before Silver became commissioner, about what it’s like to work for Joe Lacob and Peter Guber and about the Warriors’ place in the market place.
Lacob said he discussed his role in the ceremony with president Rick Welts and Raymond Ridder, vice president of communications. But Lacob said they echoed exactly what he already knew was the right way to handle it. And it wasn’t to grab the microphone and ask the crowd “What was that you were saying three years ago?” “Bottom line,” he explained, “I think it is better for other people to comment and say they think you did a good job instead of you telling them you did a good job. Everyone I think knows we, I, did a good job. There is a part of me that would like to do what you’re saying. No question about it. But I don’t think it’s necessary. To make it about me really isn’t the right thing. Because of the booing thing, it certainly would be retribution. But it really, at the end of the day, should be about the players, about the organization, about the team, and about the fans. Right? And not really about me. I’m satisfied that people respect the job that I’ve done. I can live with that.”
Marc J. Spears: Warriors formally acquire 12-acre site of future sports & entertainment complex in SF Mission Bay and plan to open new arena 2018-19 season.
The Warriors purchased an option on the private property in 2014, and have spent the past year and a half participating in a public planning process. Environmental review is expected to be completed this fall; the team plans to open the new arena in time for the 2018-19 NBA season. “The Warriors are making an unprecedented, $1 billion-plus investment in San Francisco,” said Rick Welts, President and COO of the Warriors. “We’re the only sports team in America doing this all with private funds, on private land, with no public subsidy.”