It’s about time The Warriors made the jump over the Bay. The new mega structure will be located just a bit north from AT&T Park and from the looks of the preliminary designs, it is going to be amazing. After a disappointing 2011-2012 season with a record of 23-43, The Warriors have shown a lot of promise with a 47-35 record and a trip to the playoffs for 2012-2013 and the future looks bright. With a capacity of a little over 18,000, the new Golden State Warriors Arena should be packed every night once it is finally ready.
Below are some renderings and details from NBS.com
The venue will be located on Piers 30-32 on the waterfront in San Francisco. This area is in close proximity to BART, Caltrain and Muni stops, ferry terminals and the Bay Bridge, while also being located within easy walking distance of the Financial District in Downtown San Francisco. View preliminary concept designs, facts and area maps below.
DESIGN CONCEPT FACTS
Venue Footprint: 170,000 square feet
Venue Height: 110 feet to top of facade, 125 feet to top of arena roof. For reference, AT&T Park is 183 feet to light standard, 132 feet to top of seating bowl
Venue Seating Capacity: 18,064. For reference, the capacity of Oracle Arena is 19,596
Venue Total Square Footage: (including practice facilities and offices): 695,000 square feet
Practice Courts: 21,000 square feet
Community Event Room: 2,500 square feet
Parking Spaces: approximately 500 spaces, with bike valet for 300 bikes and 100 onsite bike rack spaces
Retail: 90,000 square feet
Open Space: 7.6 acres
Open Space as Portion of Total Site Area: 60% of the overall site
Maritime Uses: Ferry landing, fire boat/fire station facility (accommodating three fire boats), water taxi landing, deep-water berth for cruise ships and guest docks
Public View Into Arena: Yes
Red’s Java House: Preserved on southwest corner of site
Why has the team decided to pursue the construction of a new arena? And why San Francisco?
Our lease at Oracle Arena expires in 2017, and the Warriors ownership group is committed to building a state-of-the-art, multipurpose arena for our team and our fans in time for the 2017-18 season. We believe a spectacular, centrally located sports and entertainment facility, right on San Francisco Bay, will best serve the organization, the fans and the entire Bay Area.
Where will the new arena be located?
The arena will be located on Piers 30-32 on the waterfront in San Francisco. This area is in close proximity to BART, Caltrain and Muni stops, ferry terminals and the Bay Bridge, while also being located within easy walking distance of the Financial District in Downtown San Francisco. VIEW MAP
How will the new arena be financed? Will this cost taxpayers anything?
This arena will be privately financed by the Golden State Warriors, without relying on the city’s general fund or any new taxes. The exact cost of the arena is not yet known, but the Warriors are committed not only to building a world-class facility, but to covering the cost of fixing the crumbling waterfront infrastructure the city currently has no identified means to pay for.
What does this announcement mean? When will the groundbreaking take place?
This signifies the mutual commitment of the Warriors and the City of San Francisco to build a new arena on San Francisco Bay by 2017. A specific groundbreaking date has not been set, but construction is expected to last approximately three years.
What public transportation and parking options are there?
San Francisco is a transit-first city, and this will be a transit-first venue. One of the strengths of the arena’s waterfront location is its close proximity to a myriad of public transit options. Transit options are detailed below:
-Two Muni Railway drop-off locations are just steps from the arena location
-Connections at nearby BART & Caltrain stations
-Embarcadero BART station is less than one mile from the arena location
-Connection to Muni Railway
-4th & King Caltrain Station is less than one mile from the arena location
-Connection to Muni Railway
FERRY, WATER TAXI & MARINA
-Having the arena located on the Pier will provide the unique opportunity for fans to arrive via ferry service and water taxi. Site plans also include a marina that would allow for boat/kayak docking
-Ample parking will be available at and around the site. In fact, over 16,000 parking spots currently exist within a 20 minute walk to the site
-Ample bike parking will be available at and around the site
What will the new arena look like?
Plans for the arena are still in conceptual stages and its dimensions have not yet been determined. However, it will be an architecturally significant building on an iconic site.
How will the experience at the new arena compare to Oracle Arena?
The Warriors remain committed to the fan experience at Oracle Arena. More investment has been dedicated to significant arena upgrades this offseason than any offseason since the arena was completely renovated in 1997. In addition to the WiFi that was installed last season, scheduled upgrades include a new high-definition scoreboard and state-of-the-art digital displays throughout the facility. Nevertheless, it remains a fact that the Warriors have the oldest home court in the NBA. Our new arena will be equipped with state-of-the-art features, amenities and emerging technologies for our fans, who will also benefit from its prime location on San Francisco Bay.
Will season ticket holders have the opportunity to purchase tickets at the new arena?
Current season ticket holders will have the opportunity to purchase season tickets at the new arena, with season ticket tenure factoring into the process.
Will the ticket prices remain the same in San Francisco?
While prices have yet to be determined, we will work to ensure that ticket prices are competitive within the marketplace.
What other events could this facility potentially host?
A new arena will fill a void in San Francisco’s cultural scene, providing a facility that can accommodate top-name musical acts, conventions, major cultural events and other sporting events.
Did the Warriors evaluate other Bay Area sites?
Yes, the team evaluated several other sites, but finally settled on this spectacular opportunity right on San Francisco Bay, easily accessible by fans throughout the Bay Area.
Is this project connected in any way to the San Francisco Giants?
No, the Warriors are working directly with the city to build the new arena. The Warriors and the Giants do, however, have a close working relationship.
Will there be public hearings for residents to voice their opinions about the project?
Yes, as with any building project, there will be an extensive public planning and California Environmental Quality Act (CEQA) process, with numerous opportunities for the public to weigh in. Fans are also welcome to send their thoughts and suggestions to the Warriors via e-mail at SFArena@gs-warriors.com.
Will the team continue to be an active part of the Oakland community?
The Warriors have a storied, 50-year history in the Bay Area. This new arena will set the stage for 50 more. Under the Warriors’ new leadership, the team has played a large and important role in the Oakland community: most recently renovating and unveiling Chris Mullin Basketball Courts in East Oakland; supporting the development of the state-of-the-art East Oakland Sports Complex; and sponsoring Council Member Desley Brooks’ three-on-three basketball tournament later this summer. The Warriors are committed to maintaining a close connection to Oakland, as well as the Bay Area as a whole.
What will happen to Oracle Arena once the team moves?
The facility is owned by the City of Oakland and they will determine what happens to it. The Warriors remain committed to the fan experience at Oracle, and have invested heavily in the arena to make it a great place to watch NBA games for the next five years.
Will the team still be known as the ‘Golden State Warriors’?
At this point, the plans only call for constructing a state-of-the-art arena for the Golden State Warriors on San Francisco Bay.
What’s the best way to stay up to date on all news and information surrounding this project?
Updates, news and answers to frequently asked questions will be posted to this site throughout the development process. You can also stay up to date on all arena-related news by following our official Facebook (facebook.com/warriorssfarena) and Twitter accounts (@warriorssfarena). Fans are also welcome to send their thoughts and suggestions to the Warriors via e-mail at SFArena@gs-warriors.com.