Bay City News Service
The Golden State Warriors’ proposal to build an arena along San Francisco’s waterfront has reportedly been dropped and the team has purchased a new piece of land in the city’s Mission Bay neighborhood that will house the new arena.
Supervisor Jane Kim, whose district includes Mission Bay, posted a tweet Monday afternoon about the arena proposal.
The new site near University of California at San Francisco’s Mission Bay campus was purchased from Salesforce.com, according to Kim, who wrote that the arena would be built in time for the 2018-2019 season.
The waterfront site had been modified several times in the past year and included plans to build a new 18,000-seat arena at Piers 30-32, located between the Bay Bridge and AT&T Park, in time to play in 2018.
The Warriors currently play at Oracle Arena in Oakland.
Opponents of the arena proposal responded to reported Monday that the team was scrapping plans for redeveloping Piers 30-32.
The No Wall on the Waterfront coalition, which collected more than 20,000 signatures to put Proposition B on the upcoming November ballot to ask voters to limit building heights on waterfront property, is hailing the Warriors’ decision.
The ballot measure, if passed by a majority of voters in the primary election this June, could have impacted the arena plan by imposing stricter restrictions and requiring a vote to allow for height increases on waterfront development.
No Wall on the Waterfront campaign spokesman Jon Golinger said in a statement, “The Warriors’ decision to abandon plans to raise height limits along the waterfront is good news and the best argument yet for passing Proposition B.”
Former San Francisco Mayor Art Agnos, a supporter of Yes on B, said in a statement, “The Warriors have shifted to a smarter alternative because the people, not just the politicians, became involved in the process.”
Calls made to Warriors and arena project representatives were not immediately returned Monday afternoon.