At this year’s Dreamforce conference, renderings for a new Golden State Warriors stadium were released in an animated video at the tech event being held this week. Images of the proposed 18,500-seat facility were shown by Rick Welts, president and CEO of the Golden State Warriors.
The two-minute video clip moves through aerial shots of an expansive 12-acre glass-paneled complex at the water’s edge in San Francisco’s Mission Bay neighborhood. The proposed location is south of AT&T Park. Plans to break ground are slated for early 2016, so the arena can be open for the 2018-19 NBA season.
The complex, a privately-funded $1 billion project, will have 360 degree views, outdoor pavilions, dining areas, a theater component and modern designs. Not only will it house basketball games, but there will be retail space, an office tower and a waterfront park. It will also be a venue for special events and concerts during the off-season.
According to SFGate.com, San Francisco Mayor Ed Lee and other city politicians have given their support for the new facility. But neighboring residents and businesses are voicing opposition. University of California, San Francisco Medical Center (UCSF) next door had wanted to use the land for a possible hospital complex expansion. It was reported that the new Golden State Warriors Stadium will attract more than 200 events a year, leading to gridlock traffic around the medical center. Mission Bay Alliance, a local group has been outspoken about resulting traffic dangerously impacting hospital patients in need of urgent care.
Comcast SportsNet reported that UCSF would back the construction, provided there is secure access to a newly built medical center building across from the new Golden State Warriors Stadium. UCSF also asks for a contingency plan to be made in the event that traffic obstructs access to the medical center and affects patient safety.