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The Golden State Warriors’ push to relocate the basketball team from Oakland to San Francisco’s Mission Bay neighborhood cleared a key hurdle Monday, as a judge ruled against a group that had filed multiple lawsuits to kill the project. On Monday, San Francisco Superior Court Judge Garrett Wong ruled that the city’s environmental review of the proposed arena was adequate, rejecting arguments it had failed to consider environmental impacts, including alternative sites for the arena.
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.
The Golden State Warriors have had tougher battles in court than on it. On Thursday, the Mission Bay Alliance filed a lawsuit in Sacramento against the commission, city and county of San Francisco and its offshoots to stop the construction of a new arena in a place those entities approved. The alliance filed on the grounds that the arena would, among other things, create traffic that could affect flow to and from the nearby UCSF Benioff Children's Hospital. "Some people will die trying to get to the hospital if this stadium is built next to the emergency room," the lawsuit states.
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.
While the Golden State Warriors continue to defeat their opponents on the court this season, a new poll commissioned by opponents of the Warriors' proposed stadium in San Francisco's Mission Bay neighborhood shows increasing public opposition to the plan. The new poll released Monday, commissioned by the Mission Bay Alliance and conducted by EDC Research, found that fewer than half of the 540 registered voters polled supported development of the proposed arena and commercial buildings at Third and 16th streets.
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.”
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Tim Kawakami: I asked Rick Welts if the Warriors are in the top half of NBA revenue-earners. Answer: "Easily." Could they be top-5 w/new arena? Possibly.
The new arena will seat 18,000, less capacity than the 19,500-plus that have sold out 133 consecutive games at Oracle. There are local groups that oppose building at the new site, which is near a children's hospital, because of concerns about egress to the hospital on game nights. But the city issued an 800-page environmental impact study on Friday that claimed it would be able to handle the additional traffic that would develop in the area if the arena -- scheduled to open for the 2018-19 season -- gets final approval.
Warriors owners Joe Lacob and Peter Guber made a public commitment soon after buying the team from Cohen in 2010 that they would privately finance a new arena, without any money from Bay Area municipalities, in San Francisco. The costs of the new building and surrounding developments in the Mission Bay area of the city are estimated at $1 billion. Lacob and Guber spent $450 million on the team and they're committing up to a billion for the new digs. They have to start making their money back at some point.
Even as it prepares to host Game 1 of the NBA Finals on Thursday night at Oracle Arena, the city is left to wonder whether this Warriors run represents its last shot at a major sports championship. Los Angeles Dodgers shortstop Jimmy Rollins, who grew up in the neighboring town of Alameda rooting for the A's and Warriors (the Raiders were mostly in L.A. at the time), pondered the prospect of the clubs abandoning the East Bay with sadness. "It would be a sports-bankrupt city, or side of the bay,'' he said. "You know what happens when sports franchises and big businesses leave. Places become very desolate. Somehow, someway, sports has a way of curbing crime. It gives you something to do, something to watch.''
The Golden State Warriors’ plans for an 18,000-seat arena in San Francisco’s Mission Bay are suddenly running into big-time political problems. An anonymous group of what organizers describe as big-bucks donors to UCSF hired an imposing cast of consultants — including former UCSF Senior Vice Chancellor Bruce Spaulding and, for a time, Chronicle columnist and former Mayor Willie Brown — to block the plan for the arena and adjacent twin office towers in Mission Bay near the waterfront. Also on board, and working without pay: Jack Davis, once the biggest political consultant in town and still a force to be reckoned with in semi-retirement. “This arena is going to essentially ruin decades of good work and planning in Mission Bay and make it impossible for people to access the hospital there,” said public relations pro Sam Singer, who has also been hired by the antiarena forces.
The Warriors are hoping to break ground on their new arena project shortly after the start of 2016 and have the venue completed in July or August 2018, team president Rick Welts said Tuesday. Welts said there was not a way for the Warriors to have the 18,000-seat arena in San Francisco's Mission Bay neighborhood about a mile from AT&T Park ready by 2017, so they would stick with their original timeline of opening for the 2018-19 season. The Warriors released renderings of the interior of the arena for the first time as Welts spoke at the San Francisco Chamber of Commerce's Public Policy Forum.
The Warriors released renderings of their San Francisco arena Wednesday, flushing previous drawings that made it appear to look like a toilet bowl. Likening the arena's initial look to a child's "awkward phase," lead architect David Manica unveiled at a press conference at Dogpatch Saloon a different vision of what the 18,064-seat arena could look like in the Mission Bay neighborhood. "Fantastic" was how Manica described the open vistas of San Francisco Bay from the view deck of the arena that was once seen as the rear edge of a toilet seat. The arena will be situated beside a newly constructed waterfront park. "It has been an intense, but incredible effort to get us to this point," Manica said.
The Golden State Warriors unveiled a design update for their new sports and entertainment center at Mission Bay today, including new full-color renderings that offer the public a glimpse at what the venue will look like when it opens in time for the 2018-19 NBA season. “We believe this plan is a perfect fit for Mission Bay, for San Francisco, and for the entire region,” said Joe Lacob, Co-Executive Chairman and CEO of the Warriors. “Our goal is to not only build a world-class arena for our team and our fans, but also create a vibrant place that residents and visitors will want to enjoy, whether on game days or any other day.”
Lacob also said it was possible the team's San Francisco arena could open for the 2017-18 season even as the official target date is the following season. Lacob said the arena project costs $800 million and that including office and retail space the price tag in privately financed dollars is "well over a billion." "We're going to put a shovel in the ground, assuming the bureaucrats don't slow us down any more next summer," Lacob said. "And it'll be built in 24 months. We've hired the contractors already, and we'll open hopefully in fall of '17. We told the world fall of '18. We're trying to move it up to fall of '17, and it's a real possibility we could do that."
Welts said that the Warriors have also guaranteed that every employee at Oracle will have a chance to transfer their job to the new building, which is eight miles away, across the San Francisco Bay. They've also guaranteed to their season-ticket holders that their seats will be guaranteed in the new arena. "Oracle Arena is the oldest arena in the NBA, and it's served great for 50 years," Welts said. "But there comes a point in time where if we're going to be the franchise that we aspire to be, we're going to need a new playing facility. And in our view, San Francisco is the right place to be if you have the same aspirations we have, to be truly one of the great franchises in sports."
The Golden State Warriors say they will be seeking input from fans on whether they should change their name after announcing earlier this week they'd purchased a 12-acre property in the Mission Bay district of San Francisco that they plan to use for a new arena. The franchise will keep the Warriors moniker they've used since they were founded in Philadelphia in 1946 but could readopt the name for which they were known when they played in San Francisco from 1962-71 -- the San Francisco Warriors. "We're very curious what our fans think of that," Warriors president and CEO Rick Welts told "I couldn't imagine making that decision in the very near future, but we definitely want to see what our fans prefer."
The Golden State Warriors have agreed to terms to buy 12 acres of land in San Francisco's Mission Bay neighborhood to build a new arena. The Warriors announced Tuesday that they would buy the land from The team was originally hoping to build a new arena on San Francisco's waterfront but those plans faced opposition from critics concerned about traffic, environmental issues and blocked views of the Bay Bridge. The proposed arena will hold about 18,000 seats and the Warriors say it will be privately financed on private land near the San Francisco Giants' ballpark.
Golden State is targeting the 2018-19 season to open the arena. The team first arrived in San Francisco in 1960 and played its first 11 seasons there before moving to Oakland.
The Warriors have moved off of their long-stated plans to build an arena at Piers 30/32 in San Francisco and have bought land a little further south. The new spot is not aesthetically ideal—not right on the water, not framed by the Bay Bridge for TV visuals, not where Joe Lacob and Peter Guber held their splashy press conference starring David Stern and Ahmad Rashad two years ago. But the "ideal" spot was Piers 30/32 and several of us have been documenting for years now that the logistics and political hurdles at Piers 30/32 were just too much.
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