It looks as if the rumors will come true. The Golden State Warriors will soon be taking a trip across the Bay, if the Warriors Fast Break blog by the San Jose Mercury News is to be believed.
Sources: Warriors have finalized plans to move to San Francisco. Announcement could come as early as Tues. Pier 30/32 arena w/ private $$$.— Fast Break (@GSWFastBreak) May 20, 2012
New arena would be state-of-the-art multi-use (basketball, concerts) facility, making the most of Bay-front location.— Fast Break (@GSWFastBreak) May 20, 2012
Move is planned for 2017, presuming no red-tape and funding problems. Access remains a major concern. Only 1000 parking places in plan.— Fast Break (@GSWFastBreak) May 20, 2012
If this is true, this is probably the best possible move to keep the Warriors moving in the right direction.
Although the Warriors have a fairly modern (if not quite cutting-edge) arena in Oakand, the site is perhaps the worst of all the major NBA teams, as Deep East Oakland is probably the most run-down neighborhood in the urban part of the Bay Area. Moving to San Francisco makes perfect sense from a financial perspective, and also ensures that the Warriors should remain in the Bay for the near future. Having a team in San Francisco as opposed to Oakland could help attract more marquee free agents and increase the chances of the team making significant.
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