I’ll resist saying what it looks like….ok I can’t: the initial sketch of the Golden State Warriors’ new arena looks kind of like a toilet.
No need to panic, though — this is simply a rough sketch, with detailed drawings coming later this year.
According to the San Francisco Chronicle, the Warriors’ design team presented the drawing as part of a presentation to the Mission Bay Citizens Advisory Committee. The $1 billion project will include two 160-foot office towers, as well as a 700-car lot.
“We’re creating a place, not a bunch of buildings,” said Craig Dykers, the arena’s lead designer to the San Francisco Examiner.
The Warriors turned their attention to this site in Mission Bay after their initial attempt to build a new arena on Piers 30-32 on the San Francisco waterfront failed. They purchased it from Salesforce.com last year, and the privately-financed project is expected to be completed in time for the 2018-2019 season.
The arena, near the intersection of King and 16th Streets, is slated to seat 18,000 people and be 135 feet high.
The Chronicle reports that the next steps would be to release the conceptual design along with the environmental impact of a new arena. If everything works smoothly, the Warriors will be moving across the bay in a few seasons, and hopefully they won’t be the butt of all jokes (sorry).