According to a report in the San Francisco Chronicle, team officials met with San Francisco Mayor Ed Lee and San Francisco Giants CEO Larry Baer on Wednesday about “the feasibility of a new arena being built near AT&T Park that would be open for the 2017-18 season.
The team’s lease at Oracle Arena in Oakland runs through the 2016-17 season and since buying the team in July of 2010, Lacob and Guber have talked about needing to replace the team’s home arena. Oracle is the oldest stadium in the NBA, having been built in 1966.
The team has also had discussions with Oakland city officials about building a new arena at their current site.
Honestly, the writing has been on the wall for a possible move since the new owners were put in place. Lacob, who has been the face of the new ownership group, handling most of the media requests for interviews about the team, always mentions San Francisco as part of the appeal for luring players and free agents to the Warriors. He has been steadfast in wanting to spend money and win immediately and luring free agents has been tough to do over the years.
If the team does eventually move, I just hope that the new arena has the same vibe and energy that Oracle has had over the last 15 years. Because no matter how good or bad the team has been, Warriors fans have showed up in droves, excited and pumped. No place rocks like Oracle during a great Warriors game.
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