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Warriors to make plans for San Francisco move formal

May 22, 2012, 12:42 PM EDT

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Everyone has known for a year that the Golden State Warriors new ownership wanted to move the team out of Oakland to a new arena in San Francisco. It was no surprise when word leaked over the weekend that a plan was well along in the works.

At a press conference Tuesday the Warriors will make formal their plans to build a new arena at Pier 30/32 in San Francisco. NBA Commissioner David Stern and the San Francisco Mayor Ed Lee will be on hand to back the idea.

Golden State’s goal would be to move there in the fall of 2017 (when their lease is up in Oakland) but that may not be a realistic timeframe.

The site is right on the water not far from AT&T Park where baseball’s Giant’s play, next to the Bay Bridge. It is a stunning location. While officials in Oakland are fighting to keep the team on their side of the bridge, it seems a lost cause.

But don’t expect things to go quickly for this building. Even though it is reportedly going to be all privately financed.

As someone who in a previous life wrote about plenty of urban infill development efforts, know that this project has a lot of hurdles. First, any coastal development in California comes with an added layer of state bureaucracy (the Coastal Commission). There are tough environmental laws. Plus, there are residents in that area and those who would lose their views of the Bay Bridge will fight the plan (business in the area may as well).

There are also rumors this project is severely under-parked, always a major development hurdle. (The developer will say “people will take mass transit” but reality is always different.)

But the Warriors new ownership seems committed to the plan and if they have the money that goes a long way to making it a reality. Just don’t expect it to move quickly.

  1. rajbais - May 22, 2012 at 1:20 PM

    “[Not] far from AT&T Park”???

    Nice!!!

    If McCovey Cove is nearby the Warriors fans can jump in the water when the team wins or find Mark Jackson and throw him in when the team loses badly :) !!!

  2. seanb20124 - May 22, 2012 at 1:57 PM

    First a 2 year study will be commissioned to see if an environmental study will be needed.

  3. bobulated - May 22, 2012 at 3:02 PM

    San Francisco is severely under-parked in general, we’re used to it. That being said a Muni station is a block away from this site and the ferry building, Caltrain, and BART are all within easy walking distance; it will be much more convenient to get to for many more people than the current digs. Also don’t underestimate how eager SF government and business is to fill the void made with the Niners moving 40 miles down the peninsula to Santa Clara.

  4. raiderkaos - May 22, 2012 at 3:52 PM

    D@mn that…. If they move they should do what Ellison plan to do and move a team to San Jose. There is already a stadium there.

    If they really move to S.F then I hope Larry Ellison does buy a team and moves them to S.J and sticks it to them.

  5. ndnut - May 22, 2012 at 9:27 PM

    Kings lookin for a home. SJ wouldn’t be bad.

  6. rollteal - May 23, 2012 at 12:04 AM

    Bay area having 2 basketball teams is better then Los Angeles metro having 3.

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