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Warriors abandon arena on the water plan, buy land in Mission Bay area of San Francisco arena

Apr 22, 2014, 3:59 PM EDT

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From the moment Golden State owners Joe Lacob and Peter Guber stood on a pier overlooking San Francisco Bay and spoke dreamingly of an arena on a pier, there were skeptics. And opponents. Coastal development in California is brutal — the city and state both get a say, and in this case the location brought in both the Army Corps of Engineers and the port with rustication. And that’s not to mention lawsuits blocking the plan from environmental groups and nearby homeowners. It wasn’t impossible to get it done, but it’s a decade of approvals alone and that’s a heck of a fight. Plus a lot of lawyer fees.

The Warriors have abandoned that plan and announced they have purchased 12 acres in San Francisco’s Mission Bay neighborhood, where the team intends to build a new state-of-the-art arena. They purchased the land from salesforce.com at an undisclosed price.

Any major development has hurdles and this new plan is no different, but there are far fewer now in the way. The plan is to have this new arena open for the 2018-19 season, Lacob told CSNBayArea.com.

“We believe Mission Bay is a perfect fit,” Lacob said in a released statement. “It is a wonderful inland site in a dynamic part of the City that is convenient for fans from all over the Bay Area. We are buying private property, but the city will also get a new 5 ½ – acre waterfront park. It’s a win-win for everyone.”

The Mission Bay district is one of the fast growing areas of the city, one with good mass transit and freeway access. Plus it’s not in the most congested, already-clogged parts of the city.

There will still be opposition. There will still be outcries and a fight from Oakland which will want to keep the team.

However Lacob and Guber have said since Day 1 they want to move the team into San Francisco (and win a lot of games, they are some of the most hands-on owners in the NBA, for better and worse). Now the pair have a much cleaner path to that dream.

  1. seattlesuperchronic - Apr 22, 2014 at 4:29 PM

    That’s a bummer, a waterfront arena sounded pretty majestic.

  2. asimonetti88 - Apr 22, 2014 at 4:42 PM

    The Warriors belong in San Francisco, especially if they’re going to rock the Golden Gate logo. Move them back to SF, bring back the San Francisco Warriors name and return balance to the universe.

  3. duhwighthoward - Apr 22, 2014 at 4:59 PM

    The only thing east of Mission Bay is water. Funny that he calls it an “inland site.” Wow, you know you’re filthy rich when two blocks from the water is considered inland to you.

    • smoothaswilkes - Apr 22, 2014 at 5:58 PM

      Before spewing ignorance, learn some geography.

      The site is inland from both the ocean and bay, which is what that location is inland from. The bay.

      As for filthy rich comment, see the above statements.

      Smh, you do nothing but troll. Add some value once in your life.

      • duhwighthoward - Apr 23, 2014 at 1:50 AM

        Haha I’ve been there numerous times for business, and when you’re on even just the 2nd floor you can see the bay.

        Of course, you’ve probably never ventured away from your desktop, so how could you be expected to know?

        I’ll make it easy for you: click the link to the article and scroll to the bottom, and you can see the bay in the picture.

        Or try looking it up on this thing called Google maps – it’s what people who actually go outside use for directions.

  4. granadafan - Apr 23, 2014 at 2:20 PM

    It’s a pretty nice area of mainly warehouses. AT&T Park, where the Giants play, is not too far away. Anything to clean up the area is a positive thing. They might have to build another light rail stop in front of the stadium though.

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