With reports that the Warriors are no longer looking at a new stadium alongside AT&T Park in China Basin, CSN Bay Area is reporting that the W's are now eyeing a location on piers 30-32 adjacent to the Bay Bridge for a possibly landing spot for the team's return to San Francisco.
The location was the site of the X-Games back in 2000, and was once a possible hub for the 2013 America's Cup before other plans were made. At the moment the location is "13 acres of concrete and pilings" and will require lots of retrofitting to sustain the weight of an NBA-style arena. The City has already made plans to put $8 million into renovations there, though a tag of around $50 million is said what will be needed to make this location arena-ready.
The proposed Mission Rock development is likely a hindrance point for the W's moving next to AT&T Park, basically being developed in the same location. Being much closer to downtown and the Bay Bridge would certainly be positives for the Warriors, making their return to the City in the shadows of their famous logo.
Would they change back to the San Francisco Warriors? that would certainly be up for debate. But with their Oracle Arena lease expiring after the 2016-17 season, their going to have to move quickly if they want to build from scratch.
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