Hoop Diaries with Jeremy Fitch
By Adam Fornwalt,
Everything seems to be going right for the Golden State Warriors. As if an NBA championship followed by a perfect 23-0 start to this season has not been enough, the city of San Francisco announced Wednesday that a brand new arena will be built for the champs. But this is not just any arena; it’s an 18,500 seat, $1 billion dollar building right off of Mission Bay.
“This is the culmination of four years of hard work by our city and community partners,” said Warrior’s President Rick Wells, “The Warriors are excited and ready to build this new, state-of-the-art arena for San Francisco that’s worthy of our championship team and our world-class city and region.”
Despite the unanimous vote by the San Francisco Board of Supervisors, the city will not begin the construction just yet due to the Mission Bay Alliance’s pending lawsuit over the creation of the arena. The group claims that the placement of the new arena could potentially have a life-threatening impact on people trying to get to the nearby UCSF hospital. The amount of people entering and leaving an event at one time could produce traffic issues for the surrounding areas.
The Warriors have been attempting since May 2012 to move back to San Francisco, a place they called home from 1962-1971. The team currently plays in Oracle Arena in Oakland, California.