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Warriors drum up ‘friendlies’ for public meetings on arena

Thursday, September 6, 2012

After more critics than supporters of the Warriors proposed new waterfront arena came out for the project’s first citizens advisory meeting, the franchise is taking steps to try and pack the next one with friendlier faces. Adam Lauridsen blogs about his own recruitment to the cause at fan blog Fast Break:

I’m a San Francisco resident.  I’m also a Warriors season ticket holder.  I received the following message Tuesday evening:

Hi Adam, my name is [] and I’m a volunteer with the Golden State Warriors.  As you know, they are planning to build a brand new basketball arena in San Francisco, and they’re going to start playing in 2017.  However, the process for approving the arena has already started and the city is holding a series of public meetings.  The Warriors really need your help.  As both a fan and a San Francisco resident, we’d like to ask you to attend the citizens advisory committee meeting, [time/place].  We’d love it if you could show up and speak out in support of the project.  The last meeting unfortunately had more opponents than supporters, so we’d love it if you could come out.

His reaction, after the jump:

The Warriors’ struggle to build their arena is only in the earliest stages.  But once the franchise provides schedules and cost projections in its term sheet, the real fights will begin.  And it will take more than a few season ticket holders at a community meeting to win them.

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