Warriors Release Virtual Tour Of Its (Possibly Doomed) New Mission Bay Arena
Well, at least this is an improvement over the previous design, which looked like a toilet (see below). Here's a rendering of the proposed new stadium for the Golden State Warriors, which is part of an animated virtual tour presented by the Warriors to investors on Monday (also see below).
The Warriors are scheduled to move from their current home in Oakland to San Francisco by 2017, and this is the site they've picked for a new arena. It's in the Mission Bay district, right near the water, a few blocks south of the Giants' AT&T Park.
But there are big drawbacks. As the Warriors attempt to get final approval from the city for the privately-funded project, a citizen's group, the Mission Bay Alliance, has vowed to fight it "until our last breath." That could be a speed bump. The Alliance PR head is Sam Singer, who once notoriously got an Archbishop removed, and also represented a man who was attacked by a tiger at the San Francisco Zoo. He won the tiger case.
The MBA says that the arena, which would be adjacent to the Mission Bay campus of the University of California-San Francisco medical center, would cause massive traffic problems in the area, and threaten services at the hospital.
But the Warriors are steadfast that this is the spot they want. The team tried before with a plot of land at Pier 30, but there were problems acquiring the land. The new arena, slated to seat about 18,000 for basketball, will be privately financed at a cost of about $1 billion.
The two-minute virtual tour video, unveiled by Warriors' COO Rick Welts, goes around the exterior, drone style, and peeks inside ever so briefly.
The previous design:
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