While the Golden State Warriors are building a winning team on the court, their owner is looking for major changes off the court.
More specifically, Joe Lacob is remaining in his desire to build a new waterfront arena and relocate the team to San Francisco, despite all the criticism and backlash. That backlash has created some roadblocks, and as a result, the original plan to have the arena built by 2017 may not come to fruition.
On KNBR Thursday morning, Lacob spoke about the time frame for the project.
“If everything worked perfectly, our goal was to be in for 2017-18,” Lacob said, via Rusty Simmons of the San Francisco Chronicle. “I think that is going to be a challenge. We’re trying. We’re going to keep trying, but we need to do it right. It’s not just about getting it done. It’s about getting it done right. If it takes a year a longer, it takes a year longer. I’m not going to be concerned with that.”
In November of last year, the Warriors revealed Version 3.0 of their proposed arena on Piers 30-32, which would shrink the arena size by 76,000 square feet and decrease the seating capacity by nearly 1,000 compared to earlier estimates.
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.”
The proposed plan would also include hotels, condominiums, and retail space, and the entire project would cost upwards of $1 billion to build. Critics have complained about various issues, from traffic to environmental impact. Others point out that the arena will just become a large playground for the rich to lavish in, while the average citizen will be priced out of tickets. The proposed new arena has become a source of fierce debate for residents of San Francisco, living in such a diverse and opinionated city.
Lacob’s ultimate desire may just be to build a brand new stadium for his team, but he probably did not expect to face such a large amount of opposition from the city by the bay.