The Golden State Warriors are taking the first step toward renaming themselves the “San Francisco” Warriors by changing up their alternate logos.
According to RealGM, the Warriors are eliminating their alternate logo displaying the outline of California, and adding a bunch of alternate logos displaying the letters “SF” over an outline of a basketball.
Here is what they look like:
Golden State Warriors will almost certainly be renamed San Francisco Warriors (new logos also use black). pic.twitter.com/3HFQUoVlUW
— RealGM (@RealGM) June 23, 2014
And here is the logo that has been erased:
The California outline logo has been used since the 2010-2011 season, but with the team planning to change its name to the San Francisco Warriors, it would not longer be logical to have a logo displaying the entire state of California.
Warriors’ management have planned for years to move to San Francisco, but their original plan to relocate to Piers 30-32 on the waterfront has been all but shut down. They are now focusing on a site in Mission Bay and have a goal set for a new arena to be built there by the 2018-2019 season.
For now, all the Warriors can do is change their name to the city they hope to relocate to. They plan to ask fans for their opinion on a possible name change. They were originally called the San Francisco Warriors when they first moved from Philadelphia to the Bay Area back in 1962. Following the 1970-1971 season, they were renamed the Golden State Warriors, which has remained ever since.