After scratching earlier concept designs for a new arena at San Francisco’s Pier 30-32, the Golden State Warriors released new renderings last month. They depict a slimmer, sleeker arena on a 12-acre site in Mission Bay, near the UC San Francisco campus and the Giants’ AT&T Park.
The 18,000-seat facility will mark a major upgrade for the Warriors. They currently play in Oracle Arena, the oldest NBA home court, owned by the City of Oakland and the County of Alameda. The building will bring a much-needed high-capacity venue to San Francisco, with space to host concerts, conventions, and other large events.
MANICA Architecture is now lead architect with Snøhetta as senior design advisor. Former team member AECOM has been off the project for several months. The new renderings have removed the rectangular-shaped deck that some said gave the arena a toilet-seat shape resemblance when viewed from above. The terrace is now curved, blending with the rest of the facade. The arena tops out at 135 feet tall and has a grassy 5.5-acre waterfront park. There will also be 100,000 square feet of ground floor restaurants, retail, and 580,000 square feet of offices and lab spaces.
“The new arena will not only be the new home of the Golden State Warriors, but also an internationally recognized entertainment destination,” said David Manica, president of MANICA Architecture, who pledged that the building would offer “24/7 activity––365 days a year.”
The original pier-side site along the Embarcadero faced a potent mix of political opposition (including challenges from the U.S. Army Corps of Engineers), environmental concerns, and a little bit of NIMBY-ism from residents. The Warriors decided to sidestep these disagreements. Rather than leasing land from the Port of San Francisco, the Warriors chose a former rail yard site further south that only required approval from city officials. The approximately $1 billion arena will be privately financed and built on private land. The Warriors will buy the site from software company Salesforce, which once considered opening its offices there.
While a groundbreaking date has not yet been set, the expected opening for the arena is in the fall of 2018 for the 2018–2019 NBA season.