Warriors owner admits new SF arena isn’t happening for 2017

Remember last summer, when the San Francisco Chronicle said there was no way a Golden State Warriors arena in San Francisco would be approved in time to open in 2017, and the Warriors owners said “will too!”? Guess who was right?

Warriors owner Joe Lacob finally admitted during a KNBR interview Thursday that plans to play games at a proposed San Francisco waterfront arena starting in 2017 might not be completely realistic.

“If everything worked perfectly, our goal was to be in for 2017-18,” Lacob said in an in-studio interview with Gary Radnich and Larry Krueger. “I think that is going to be a challenge. We’re trying. We’re going to keep trying, but we need to do it right. It’s not just about getting it done. It’s about getting it done right. If it takes a year a longer, it takes a year longer. I’m not going to be concerned with that.”

The way things are going, this could be either the usual bumps in the road that end up delaying projects a year or two, or a sign that Lacob is desperately trying to keep momentum going for a project that is facing a public vote in a city that hates development so much that it’s willing to pay exorbitant rents as a result. Your guess is as good as mine, seriously.


6 comments on “Warriors owner admits new SF arena isn’t happening for 2017

  1. The probability of the matter is it is not happening, and unless they are willing to move to Seattle or Kansas City, the Warriors will be remaining in Oakland, for the rest of the Decade.

  2. @David Brown

    Could be although I could see Lacob making a run for San Jose. Unlike the A’s, he doesn’t have to worry about territorial rights since he’s the sole NBA franchise in the bay area. That being said, I see this SF arena happening, just not on schedule. They’ve already made amendments to the plan in order to pacify the Art Agnos group. I’m thinking that since it’s privately financed, they’ll find a way to get through.

  3. I think they’d rather stay at Oracle and be the top dog there than move to SJ and be second fiddle to the Sharks (I believe the Sharks have a lease that lets them be numero uno at the arena). SJ isn’t building a second arena anytime soon so I think the Warriors are out of luck there.

  4. What’s wrong with Oracle stadium? I think it’s a fine venue and it’s certainly fine for the Warriors to stay in Oakland. If they decide to move elsewhere that’s their perogative. It’s way too excessive to build another stadium at the SF waterfront.

  5. “What’s wrong with Oracle stadium? I think it’s a fine venue and it’s certainly fine for the Warriors to stay in Oakland. If they decide to move elsewhere that’s their perogative. It’s way too excessive to build another stadium at the SF waterfront.”

    It no doubt works for average fans and probably could be continued to be used, but it is probably behind in whatever the latest amenities and services their are to sell to millionaires and billionaires. Though it is coming up on twenty years since the last major renovations so it will be due for at least some basic maintenance needs in the next ten years (not that team owners ever asks for the basics to continue as is).

  6. I don’t think it’ll happen in 2018, either. The longer they wait, the more difficult this project becomes.

    Why is that?

    Well, the longer they wait to build it, the higher the costs. Eventually, everyone just throws in the towel.

    Fact of the matter is, Oracle is just fine. Good location (next to BART and freeways), good parking. If they can eventually build a new arena at the existing location, go for it. But near AT&T Park and the Bay Bridge is always going to be out of reach. Their next opportunity will be when we’re bottoming out in the next recession; it then might work.

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