On Tuesday evening, the Golden State Warriors held a community outreach meeting to share some of the background, specifications, timeline, and misc information regarding their proposal to build a new, state-of-the art arena that would house their franchise over the next several decades. In attendance were approximately 30 people, including Rick Welts (President of Warriors), representatives from Strada Investment, Platinum Advisors, SF Port, Mayor's Office of Economic & Workforce Development (OEWD), SFMTA, DPW, Supervisor Jane Kim and two aides, and various residents and local business owners. The public release issued following the meeting included the purpose and outcomes, but also shared some specs from the proposed arena that may be of interest to fans.
Specs and timeline:
Piers 30-32 is 13 acres in size. The proposed arena will take up about 40% of the space. Arena estimated to be 125-ft high. Estimated to hold 17,000 -18,000 seats. Currently at Oracle Arena, they have parking for 5,000 spaces. The Warriors believe parking for substantially fewer cars will be required for the new arena due to the better public transportation options available. No architect has been selected. No design yet either. The location of the arena (where on the piers will it be built) will be critical in order to maximize public access to the waterfront. Estimated $75-100 million to repair/retrofit the existing infrastructure; estimated $400-500 million to build the arena. 100% private financing. Allow 2 years for the EIR, then 3 years to build (including the time to retrofit the piers). They plan to be open for the 2017 season.
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