Golden State Warriors Reportedly Scrap Pier 30-32 Arena Plans for New Site in SF

Timothy Rapp@@TRappaRTFeatured ColumnistApril 21, 2014

An artists sketch showing the Golden State Warriors proposed new basketball arena is displayed with the San Francisco-Oakland Bay Bridge in the background in San Francisco, Tuesday, May 22, 2012. The Warriors unveiled plans to build an arena at Piers 30-32. The waterfront site  is just blocks from the San Francisco Giants' ballpark and the downtown financial district. The arena is expected to be completed by 2017. (AP Photo/Eric Risberg)
Eric Risberg

Updates from Tuesday, April 22

The Warriors' arena venture Twitter feed confirmed reports on the purchase of land:

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The Golden State Warriors had explored the option of building a new arena on Piers 30-32, with the picturesque Bay Bridge in the background. However, the team reportedly has decided to scrap those plans for a number of reasons and will instead be setting up shop in Mission Bay.    

John Cote of the San Francisco Chronicle offered the details on Monday:

The Golden State Warriors have abandoned their plan to build an arena on Piers 30-32 just south of the Bay Bridge and instead have purchased a site in Mission Bay to hold their new 18,000-seat venue, sources close to the deal have confirmed to The Chronicle.

The Warriors bought the 12-acre site from for an undisclosed amount in a deal that was inked Saturday night. The team plans to have the arena ready for the 2018-19 NBA season

The shift in location provides the team with predictability, fewer regulatory hurdles and eliminates the need for voter any approval.

It should also assuage the project's most vocal critics, who opposed building a 120-foot high arena on Piers 30-32 over concerns about traffic, environmental impacts during construction and blocked views of the Bay Bridge.

It was those hurdles that caused the arena to move from Piers 30-32—the plans of which Mayor Ed Lee called "my legacy project" in February of 2013, per Cote and Heather Knight—to Mission Bay.

According to  of, the Piers 30-32 site would have also included plans for a "hotel, condo, and retail development plan." Per that same report, however, it is not the first time plans have been scrapped for the site, and the Warriors were inclined to pull out of the developmental project after "pier rehab costs more than doubled."

Eric Risberg

For some, the decision will be seen as good news, as the project certainly had its fair share of detractors. For others, though, the thought of losing such an atheistically pleasing site will be disappointing, especially in such an exciting time for the Warriors.

Led by budding superstar Stephen Curry and a supporting cast that includes David Lee, Andre Iguodala, Andrew Bogut and Klay Thompson, the Warriors have once again reached the postseason and have a young enough core that suggests they will be title contenders for years to come. They are currently up 1-0 opposite the Los Angeles Clippers in the first round of the NBA playoffs

The Piers 30-32 site would have surely given them one of the most attractive arenas in the NBA and would have been a fascinating addition to a city that has traditionally been fueled by the offbeat and innovative.

Instead, the status quo won out, in large part because it was simply too impractical to stick with the original plan.