San Francisco Rumors
The San Francisco Board of Supervisors voted unanimously this evening to affirm the Final Subsequent Environmental Impact Report certification for the proposed multi-use arena for the Golden State Warriors in the Mission Bay neighborhood. After more than four hours of public comment and dialogue on the impact of the stadium to the community and the environment, from individuals both for and against the development, the board voted unanimously to approve the report’s certification, giving the project the green light.
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.”
With their surge to a NBA title and guard who earned a regular season MVP award, a number of Warriors players have been involved in the Silicon Valley culture that their team attracts to games and will likely continue to bring in when they move to their new arena in San Francisco. “You’ll see Larry Ellison, you’ll see Jack Dorsey, you’ll see Adam Bain,” said Harrison Barnes, listing off the names of the co-founder of Oracle and Twitter executives. “You’ll see all these guys courtside that they’re walking down the street people might not say ‘oh my god that’s so-and-so’ but if you know who they are and you know what they do, there’s obviously well-respected in their fields.”
Jordan Fliegel, the co-founder of CoachUp said that there were a million reasons they partnered with Curry – after all he’s marketable on his own personality and what seems like a sincere dedication to the company. But playing in the Bay Area is helpful. “I think as we go, if we need introductions to various people, Stephen’s offered to help however he can,” Fliegel said. “He’s a huge part of our team.” Curry is also involved in another company that’s “in the social media space that talks about athletes and fan engagement, especially on the professional level,” he said, that will hopefully be coming out in the next year. His agent, Jeff Austin, said that playing in the Bay Area definitely influenced the opportunities sent his way, even as a high-profile player.