The Golden State Warriors have announced that they will break ground on the Chase Center, their long-awaited new home in San Francisco, on January 17.
To be located in Mission Bay, the privately-financed Chase Center will allow the Warriors to depart Oracle Arena in Oakland once it opens. On its current schedule, the Warriors believe that the arena will be completed in time for the 2019-2020 NBA season.
“We have been looking forward to this day since we first had the vision of building a privately financed state-of-the-art sports and entertainment complex in San Francisco and are excited for what this will bring to the city of San Francisco and the entire Bay Area community,” said Warriors president and COO Rick Welts said in a statement. “Chase Center and the surrounding area will serve as a destination for the entire community and we will continue to work to make sure it is the best experience possible for everyone to enjoy NBA basketball, concerts, family shows, conventions and more.”
Members of the Warriors front office, as well as head coach Steve Kerr and forward Kevin Durant, are scheduled to attend the groundbreaking. San Francisco mayor Ed Lee, a longtime proponent of the project, will also be on hand.
“This new venue will not only ensure our beloved Warriors remain in the Bay Area, but it will fill a void in San Francisco’s portfolio of arts and events facilities,” said Lee in a statement. “It will provide enormous economic benefits, including thousands of new jobs and millions in new tax revenues for The City. And the Warriors are doing it the right way — financing this arena entirely without public funding.”
The Warriors have been eyeing a move to San Francisco for years, and went public with their plan for Mission Bay in 2014. Over the ensuing years, the venue has been tied up in litigation, as the Mission Bay Alliance attempted to block the project, claiming that it would limit access to the nearby University of California San Francisco Medical Center, lead to overcrowded public transportation, and have a negative impact on the neighborhood.
Most recently, a state appeals court case between the two sides ended in favor of the Warriors and the Chase Center. The ruling in late November found that the city had adequately addressed concerns relating to environmental impact as well as traffic. In the aftermath of that verdict, the Mission Bay Alliance issued a statement saying that it was evaluating its options.