Before you get too excited by the headline (thanks for clicking on it, though), understand that “Step One,” in this case, merely involves San Francisco port officials agreeing to speak to the Golden State Warriors about the fancy new arena Joe Lacob and Co. want to build in San Francisco. But hey, at least they’re talking.
According to the San Francisco Business Times, the ball’s rolling on the projected 2017 grand opening of the waterfront arena.
Consider this a foot in the door.
Sure, there was plenty of fanfare when the Warriors’ brass made the splashy announcement of their plans in May. I mean, Ahmad Rashad emcee’d the whole affair for Pete’s sake. But that was really more about style than substance, which is understandable. If you’re going to spend $600 million bucks to build the sweetest architectural feature the City’s seen since the Golden Gate bridge, you’d better pull out all the stops to get the public excited for it.
This latest news is a little less exciting, but also a little more practically concrete. No money’s changed hands yet, but at least the parties are now committed to sitting down and negotiating. The Warriors are motivated to get this thing done—partly because they’ve made their plans so public and partly because ownership knows a new arena in San Francisco will add substantial value to the Warriors’ brand.
2017 is a long way off, but progress—however small—is progress.