Warriors Unveil San Francisco Arena Plans - NBC Bay Area

Warriors Unveil San Francisco Arena Plans

Team says it plans to play in San Francisco by 2017.



    The Golden State Warriors want to leave Oakland for San Francisco and they have finally made those plans public. (Published Tuesday, May 22, 2012)

    Warriors' owners Joe Lacob and Peter Guber have not been shy about their desire to move the team from Oakland to San Francisco since buying the team in 2010.

    The owners will be joined by San Francisco Mayor Ed Lee and NBA Commissioner David Stern to publicly explain how they plan to turn that dream into a reality Tuesday at 10 a.m. 

    The Warriors will unveil a plan to develop a new 17,000- to 19,000-seat arena at Piers 30-32 in San Francisco. You can watch that press conference live right here.

    Guber and Lacob would have to work out an agreement to lease the 13-acre pier owned by the Port of San Francisco and build a stadium on it.

    The San Francisco Giants worked out a 66-year lease with the port.

    The Warriors' project also has the backing of Lee, Stern, the port and the entire San Francisco Board of Supervisors.

    But there will still be several hurdles, including retrofitting the pier so it can safely accommodate a stadium.

    That could cost as much as $100 million, which the Warriors would have to finance, along with stadium costs, themselves.

    The Warriors would also have to include some maritime component to the project to win approval from the California Lands Commission and the regional Bay Conservation and Development Commission.

    The team wants to reportedly break ground on the project in two years and move in by the 2017-2018 season, when its lease with the Oakland Arena runs out.

    Currently the pier is being used as a parking lot.