Warriors Unveil Latest Arena Plans: No More Toilet Bowl
As you may know, the Golden State Warriors are on schedule to become the San Francisco Warriors by 2018. A big part of that plan included a new waterfront stadium located on a pier and tucked beneath the Bay Bridge ... which has since been scrapped, due in part to neighborhood protests.
The Warriors then found a new plot of land in the Mission Bay District, this one a bit further inland and near the Giants' AT&T Park. But initial plans had the new arena looking like a Swedish toilet.
No more. Here are a new set of drawings by Manica Architecture, which is now in the charge of the project. It includes an 11-acre entertainment and convention center, and a separate, 5-acre waterfront park across the street.
Among the goodies:
• 18,064 seat multi-purpose arena
• A 35,000 square foot public plaza on 3rd Street, larger than Union Square
• A viewing deck with vistas to San Francisco Bay
• Approximately 580,000 square feet of office/biotech/lab space
• 950 Parking spaces (in three concealed/underground levels) (Will these be enough?)
• Bike valet parking!
And, privately financed, on private land.
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