The Golden State Warriors released a handful of artist renderings of the teams’ proposed San Francisco arena project today, and—there’s no other way to put this—they’re breathtaking.
Based on the pictures released, calling this project ambitious is like saying San Francisco occasionally gets a little fog. We’re talking major understatement territory here.
The arena, which is also supposed to feature areas such as the “Grand Stairs,” “Event Lawn” and an amphitheater looks like a complete architectural marvel. Practically within spitting distance of AT&T Park on the Embarcadero, this thing will boast some of the most stunning views of the Bay in the City. Check out the pictures here.
A few other details emerged as well, though not nearly as eye-popping as the visuals.
The plans call for a seating capacity of just 17,500, which is substantially smaller than the Warriors’ current home, Oracle arena. Not only that, but the project appears to be geared toward combining the Dubs’ practice facility and offices with the actual playing venue itself. Presently, the Warriors practice and play in two different places. There are over 21,000 square fee set aside for practice courts and the building’s entire square footage is projected to be some 740,000 square feet.
The entire project, from the pictures to the other specifications, screams high class. It’s a monstrous undertaking, and it’s sure to be plagued by environmental concerns and huge unforeseen spikes in cost. But that’s unavoidable. What these renderings symbolize, to some degree, is that this thing is much more than a pipe dream. In another way, they really do emphasize just how dream-like this project will look upon completion in 2017.