The Golden State Warriors ownership group is adamant in its desire to build a new waterfront arena and relocate the team to San Francisco, despite all the criticism and backlash.
And if the process includes changing the plan several times, so be it.
The Warriors unveiled a third design (dubbed “Version 3.0) of their proposed arena on Piers 30-32 on Monday, the third anniversary of the day Joe Lacob and Peter Guber took over as majority owners. This new design will shrink the arena size by 76,000 square feet and decrease the seating capacity by nearly 1,000.
Here are some more changes, courtesy of the San Francisco Chronicle:
|Total open space||50 percent of site (6.3 acres)||60 percent of site (7.6 acres)|
|Retail on Piers 30-32||105,000 square feet||90,000 square feet|
|Parking spaces on piers||630||500|
|Net pier deck removal||4,700 square feet||15,800 square feet|
The proposed plan also includes hotels, condominiums, and retail space. Former San Francisco Mayor Art Agnos has been highly critical of the plan, telling the Chronicle: “It just sounds like window dressing. The bottom line is this is a mega real estate project.”
There are many doubters who believe the arena will not be built by the target year of 2017, due to backlash and other complications. But Lacob believes it will be done, and responded to Agnos’ criticism.
To be attacked by someone like Art Agnos, who is a voice of the past . . . to say that we are billionaires trying to take over the city is a joke,” he told Monte Poole of CSN Bay Area. “That’s absurd and it’s insulting. What is he trying to do for the city? We’re trying to do something positive. It is going to be tough. We’re going to have to convince him and others – or outvote them – that what we’re doing is in the best interest of the majority of San Franciscans and people of the Bay Area.”