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.