The San Francisco Giants might have some new neighbors if all goes according to plan. The Oakland-based Golden State Warriors are eyeing a new location at Piers 30 and 32 on the Embarcadero. This prime location would put them just down the street from AT&T Park and right next to the Bay Bridge.
According to the San Francisco Chronicle, the Warriors declined an offer from the Giants to build a new 20,000-seat arena next to the ballpark. The Giants have since moved forward with announcing a $1.6 billion plan to build offices, homes, shops and more around the park.
However, the land the Warriors reportedly have their sights set on will require an estimated $50 million in renovations on top of the $8 million the city of San Francisco has already agreed to spend fixing up the area. Although the mayor is pro-development, he is very adamant about the team paying for the project themselves.
Oracle Arena in Oakland is the oldest venue in the NBA. Warriors owners Joe Lacob and Peter Guber have thrown around the idea of moving the team since they took over in 2010. “We are exploring all our options, and no decision has been made,” says Warriors spokesman Raymond Ridder. At this point some kind of a move needs to made. The team’s current Oracle Arena lease expires at the end of the 2016-17 season.
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