POLITICS/SPORTS (Bay Area): Golden State Warriors, move from Oakland to San Francisco, change in plans for new arena in S.F.: "Warriors shift arena plans to Mission Bay"; also, "Warriors find they can't beat bay" ....
* San Francisco Chronicle: "Warriors shift arena plans to Mission Bay" - From the Chronicle:
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 San Francisco's burgeoning Mission Bay to hold a new 18,000-seat venue. The Warriors bought the 12-acre site from Salesforce.com at an undisclosed price in a deal signed Saturday night, said Rick Welts, the Warriors' president and chief operating officer. The team plans to have the arena ready for the 2018-19 NBA season.
The shift in location provides the Warriors with predictability and fewer regulatory hurdles. It also eliminates any need for voter approval, which may have become necessary for the Pier 30-32 venue that Mayor Ed Lee once called "my legacy project." The change has assuaged some of the project's most vocal critics, who opposed building a 125-foot-high arena near the Embarcadero amid concerns about traffic, environmental harm during construction and blocked views of the Bay Bridge.
"To me, everybody wins here," Welts said. "We never lost sight of the overriding goal, which was to bring the Warriors to San Francisco and build this world-class sports and entertainment venue that the city has never had."
The Warriors will own the site outright, rather than leasing it from the Port of San Francisco, and the team says the arena will be entirely privately financed - a rare instance of a modern sports venue that would use no taxpayer funds or public land.
The Warriors' planned arena is part of a redevelopment area and growing biotech hub. . . . . . . .
Lee and other officials see the arena as a catalyst for development in the neighborhood. . . . . . . .
The Warriors have already spent about $20 million on design, engineering, consultants and other work for building on Piers 30-32. Some of that will transfer over, Welts said...........................
* San Francisco Chronicle: "Warriors find they can't beat bay"