After years of controversy and failure to advance upon a plan that never seemed to come together, the Golden State Warriors are putting a dream of a new arena on Piers 30-32 to the wayside.
Instead, they’re looking elsewhere, purchasing a site in Mission Bay from Salesforce.com, according to the San Francisco Chronicle. The site is 12 acres, and the sale confirms the notion that the original plan brought forth by Joe Lacob was, is and never will be initiated.
The Chronicle reports that the Warriors plan to have the arena on the Mission Bay site ready by the 2018-2019 season. While it will not have the view that Piers 30-32 would provide, this site has its benefits. For starters, it will be privately financed and owned by the Warriors, meaning no taxpayer money would be spent. That also means there would be no need for residents to vote on the arena.
Additionally, the new site will have access to the Powell St. Muni and Bart Stations on the Central Subway, allowing easy public transportation access to fans.
The original plan for the arena on Piers 30-32 called for it to be built by 2017, but several hurdles got in the way. Concerns involving environmental impact, resident disapproval, and structure height marred the plan, and a few months ago Lacob and Co. decided to put everything on hold.
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