Reporting Susan Kennedy
SAN FRANCISCO (KCBS) – The Golden State Warriors gave a first glimpse Monday of the team’s proposed arena on Piers 30-32 in San Francisco.
Although the designs have not been completely finalized, the team considers it a world-class venue and hopes to allay concerns from residents and businesses in the area.
Neighbors, including the San Francisco Giants, have expressed concerns over congestion, especially on days when both teams are scheduled to play at home.
KCBS’ Susan Kennedy Reports:
Warriors President and CEO Rick Welts said they believe their plan takes care of those concerns.
“I think people will be a little bit surprised that we’ve not built more on the site,” Welts said. “But I think it is in proportion to what should be on that site.”
Snøhetta and AECOM, the designers of the project, provided the first glimpse of the proposed arena on Monday. It will be a mostly glass facility that will be located at the eastern end of the pier, about 600 feet from the Embarcadero. The arena will also include a 630 car garage.
The team said they studied crowd movement and decided to keep 60 percent of the site as open space to help with crowd dispersal. The site will also have tiered levels, to emphasize the views and the Bay Bridge.
It could cost $1 billion or more to build the facility, with $100 million going to stabilize the piers.
The state of the art facility will be unveiled to the public at a community meeting Tuesday night in San Francisco.
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