You can feel the buzz here in the Bay Area as the Golden State Warriors enter Game 4 of the NBA Playoffs following a 35 point upset over the Houston Rockets on Saturday, and a chance tonight to sweep the series and head to the NBA Finals for the first time since 1975.
Formerly the Philadelphia Warriors from 1946 to 1962, and later the San Francisco Warriors from 1962 to 1971, the Golden State Warriors have played in Oakland’s currently named Oracle Arena since 1966 (except for one year when they played in San Jose while the Oracle Arena was being remodeled).
Starting next year, however, construction will begin on the Warriors’ new stadium in the Mission Bay area of San Francisco with completion scheduled for the 2018-2019 season. Although details are just emerging – and even the conceptual plans have changed after some said that the initial design looked like a toilet – here’s the 411 we know on the new 415 location of the Warriors:
- The cost of the new arena is estimated to be $1 billion.
- The new arena will seat 18,000. This is slightly smaller than the Oracle Arena which seats 19,596.
- The 12 acre site will include 58,000 square feet of office space, 100,000 square feet of retail space and a 35,000 square foot public plaza.
- Parking will be a premium with only 950 parking spots planned. Project planners, however, say that transportation to and from the new arena will not be a problem and that the arena will be serviced through a combination of Muni, BART and Caltrain.
And happy Memorial Day, and a sincere thank you to all of those who gave their lives in service to our country!