By 2017 the Golden State Warriors will be moving a slight distance from the Oracle Arena in Oakland, California to play in San Francisco. This in-state move was reported by GSWFastBreak below:
Sources: Warriors have finalized plans to move to San Francisco. Announcement could come as early as Tues. Pier 31/32 arena w/ private $$$.— Fast Break (@GSWFastBreak) May 20, 2012
This is from CBS Sports:
Sources: Warriors have finalized plans to move to San Francisco. Announcement could come as early as Tuesday. Pier 30/32 arena with private money. New arena would be state-of-the-art multi-use (basketball, concerts) facility, making the most of Bay-front location.
Move is planned for 2017, presuming no red-tape and funding problems. Access remains a major concern. Only 1000 parking places in plan.
Joe Lacob and Peter Guber have wanted to move the Warriors to San Francisco since they bought the team in 2010.
"The potential for building an arena near AT&T Park is very exciting. The Giants have done some remarkable things over there. It's a great ballpark that revitalized an entire part of the city,” the owners told the San Francisco Chronicle in December 2011.
The Warriors finished the season with a 23-43 record and lost star Monta Ellis to the Milwaukee Bucks. Stephen Curry battled injury throughout the year but David Lee played well as he grabbed 9.6 rebounds per game in 2011-2012. That led the team.
The Warriors have a good group of young players but will need to develop some potential stars in order to make some noise in San Francisco.
There are many questions that will still have to be answered.
Will the city name change or will the Warriors still represent the Golden State?
Will the nickname change?
What about parking and access to the stadium? How will that be fixed?
But these are issues for a later time and we will keep you updated on the move.