Frequently Asked Questions
Why has the team decided to pursue the construction of a new arena? And why San Francisco?
We believe a spectacular, centrally located sports and entertainment facility, right in San Francisco, will best serve the organization, the fans and the entire Bay Area.
Where will the new arena be located?
The new Warriors event center will be built in Mission Bay on 12 acres of private, inland property, bounded by 3rd, 16th and South Streets, and Terry Francois Blvd.
How will the new arena be financed? Will this cost taxpayers anything?
The arena will be privately financed on private land, virtually unprecedented among major league sports and entertainment facilities in the U.S. The transaction with salesforce.com involves no public property and no public subsidy. There are no naming rights or sponsorship rights associated with the transaction.
What does this announcement mean? When will the groundbreaking take place?
This signifies the major commitment on the part of the Warriors. A specific groundbreaking date has not been set, but the team is still targeting the 2018-19 season for opening its new arena.
What public transportation and parking options are there?
The Mission Bay site is well served by public transportation, and borders Muni’s 3rd Street Light Rail. The location is also within a few blocks of Caltrain, and BART connects via an easy underground connection to Muni, both at Embarcadero and at Powell Station once the Central Subway opens in 2018. The Mission Bay neighborhood already has ample parking. And a new I-280 freeway connection at Mariposa Street will land less than a block away.
Transit options are detailed below:
- A Muni Railway stop just steps from the arena location
- Connections at nearby BART & Caltrain stations
- Embarcadero BART station connection to Muni Railway
- When Central Subway opens in 2018, Powell Station will also connect via an easy underground connection
- 4th & King Caltrain Station is six blocks away from the arena location
- Connection to Muni Railway
- Ample parking will be available at and around the site. In fact, over 9,000 parking spots currently exist in the immediate area.
What will the new arena look like?
Plans for the arena are still in the conceptual stages and its dimensions have not yet been determined.
How will the experience at the new arena compare to Oracle Arena?
The Warriors remain committed to the fan experience at Oracle Arena, with continued investment focused on significant arena upgrades. Recent upgrades have included a new high-definition scoreboard, full in-arena Wifi, state-of-the-art digital displays throughout the facility, new theater boxes, a second row of floor seats and a new VIP Club. Nevertheless, it remains a fact that the Warriors have the oldest home court in the NBA. Our new arena will be equipped with state-of-the-art features, amenities and emerging technologies for our fans, who will also benefit from its prime location in San Francisco.
Will season ticket holders have the opportunity to purchase tickets at the new arena?
Current season ticket holders will have the opportunity to purchase season tickets at the new arena, with season ticket tenure factoring into the process.
Will the ticket prices remain the same in San Francisco?
While prices have yet to be determined, we will work to ensure that ticket prices are competitive within the marketplace.
What other events could this facility potentially host?
A new arena will fill a void in San Francisco’s cultural scene, providing a facility that can accommodate top-name musical acts, conventions, major cultural events and other sporting events.
Did the Warriors evaluate other Bay Area sites?
Yes, the team evaluated several other sites, but finally settled on the spectacular opportunity in the heart of San Francisco, which is easily accessible for fans throughout the Bay Area.
Is this project connected in any way to the San Francisco Giants?
No, the Warriors are working directly with the city to build the new arena. The Warriors and the Giants do, however, have a close working relationship.
Will there be public hearings for residents to voice their opinions about the project?
Yes, as with any building project, there will be an extensive public planning and California Environmental Quality Act (CEQA) process, with numerous opportunities for the public to weigh in. Fans are also welcome to send their thoughts and suggestions to the Warriors via email at SFArena@warriors.com.
Will the team continue to be an active part of the Oakland community?
The Warriors have a storied, 50-year history in the Bay Area. This new arena will set the stage for 50 more. Under the Warriors’ new leadership, the team has played a large and important role in the Oakland community: most recently renovating and unveiling Chris Mullin Basketball Courts in East Oakland and supporting the development of the state-of-the-art East Oakland Sports Complex. The Warriors are committed to maintaining a close connection to Oakland, as well as the Bay Area as a whole.
What will happen to Oracle Arena once the team moves?
The facility is owned by the City of Oakland and they will determine what happens to it. The Warriors remain committed to the fan experience at Oracle, and have invested heavily in the arena to make it a great place to watch NBA games for the next five years.
Will the team still be known as the ‘Golden State Warriors’?
At this point, the plans only call for constructing a state-of-the-art arena for the Golden State Warriors on San Francisco Bay.
What’s the best way to stay up to date on all news and information surrounding this project?
Updates, news and answers to frequently asked questions will be posted to this site throughout the development process. You can also stay up to date on all arena-related news by following our official Facebook (facebook.com/warriorssfarena) and Twitter accounts (@warriorssfarena). Fans are also welcome to send their thoughts and suggestions to the Warriors via email at SFArena@warriors.com.
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