Given that the Golden State Warriors have put their pursuit of a new arena on the San Francisco waterfront on hold for at least a year, it is no surprise to learn that they are looking into alternatives.
According to Phillip Matier and Andrew Ross of the San Francisco Chronicle, the Warriors and Giants are “open” to discussing a possible arena being built on the Giants’ Parking Lot A near AT&T Park, but the two sides have not talked.
One source told The Chronicle that such a plan would “work just fine,” although it is assumed that both the Warriors and San Francisco mayor Ed Lee would not want to pursue it just yet, as long as the dream of a waterfront arena is still alive.
The original plan was for an arena to be built on Piers 30-32 by 2017, but it has faced mounted criticism from both resident and politicians. Warriors owner Joe Lacob has publicly acknowledged that the process has been more difficult than expected.
But if the Warriors were to build the arena next to AT&T Park, it would earn the support of even the critics of the waterfront arena. One of the harshest critics is former San Francisco mayor Art Agnos, who told The Chronicle, “I am very open to Lot A for a Warriors arena. The leadership of the city should get the Warriors and Giants together to work out a mutually satisfactory business agreement.”
Through all of this, the truth is still clear: the Warriors’ endeavor to relocate to San Francisco is not going as planned, and we’re now seeing Plan B starting to spin into action.