The NBA’s Golden State Warriors plan to break ground on their new Chase Center Arena in San Francisco later in January.
The ceremony to mark the start of building work in San Francisco’s Mission Bay area will take place on January 17, near the site of the San Francisco Giants’ downtown baseball stadium.
The 18,000-seat Chase Center, which will also include restaurants, cafes, offices, public plazas and a waterfront park, is scheduled to open for the start of the 2019-20 NBA season.
The Warriors are preparing to move from Oakland to San Francisco.
Warriors president and COO Rick Welts said:
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.
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.
Warriors owner & CEO Joe Lacob, co-owner Peter Guber, Head Coach Steve Kerr and forward Kevin Durant will join San Francisco Mayor Edwin M. Lee and Welts for the historic ceremony and celebration.
Mayor Lee said:
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. 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 Chase Center will anchor a district of 11 acres of restaurants, cafes, offices, public plazas and other amenities the neighborhood currently lacks, along with a new five-and-a half-acre public waterfront park.
Chase Center will be located on a major Muni Metro rail line with easy links to BART and other transit options. When complete, it will be the only privately financed facility of its kind built on private property in the modern era of professional sports.
Chase Center will be built on a vacant lot that has been slated for development since 1998. The team entered into an agreement to purchase the property at Third and 16th Streets in Mission Bay in 2014, and has spent two years participating in a public planning process.
The project won approval from all regulatory agencies and city commissions, including a unanimous vote at the San Francisco Board of Supervisors. The Superior Court and, most recently, the California State Court of Appeals upheld the project, paving the way for breaking ground this month.
The Warriors have been the Bay Area’s NBA team for more than half a century. With the construction of this new venue, we’re making sure the Warriors will be the Bay Area’s team for the next 50 years and beyond.
Images courtesy of Chase Center