The Golden State Warriors held their long, long-awaited groundbreaking on their new San Francisco arena this week, which presumably means they’re actually going to build this thing. The event was not without its awkward weirdness, though:
Ed Lee said he introduced himself to Joe Lacob as the Jeremy Lin of mayors.
— Diamond Leung (@diamond83) January 17, 2017
Oooookay. That’s got to be the worst of it, though, right?
And now this is happening. Seems like just putting shovels in the ground would be enough. pic.twitter.com/64TZQuWxsf
— Tim Bontemps (@TimBontemps) January 17, 2017
Anyway, the Warriors arena is still being built with $1 billion in private funding, because ownership decided it could make more money by having an arena closer to its wealthier fan base (and to give San Francisco its first arena for hosting concerts and such), which while slightly icky if you consider the whole “San Francisco is for richies while less-richies have to go live in the East Bay” thing is at least the way that matters should work in a world without public subsidies to chase after. And at least East Bay residents can still get to games easily enough — which is good, because it meant at least the Warriors avoided the embarrassment of having a fan from their former city interrupt their welcome-to-their-new-city event, like some other relocating California teams I could name.