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Warriors’ waterfront arena plan a downsize from Oracle

Tuesday, October 16, 2012

The Warriors' proposal for the S.F. waterfront site includes a 17,500-seat arena on the southeast corner of Piers 30-32, shed-like retail buildings along the Embarcadero, and 8 acres of terraced plazas in between. Photo: Sn¿hetta And AECOM/Golden State / SF

If there’s an early surprise for Warriors fans in today’s architects’ presentation of the new arena the team wants to build on Piers 30-32, it’s that if and when the team moves to San Francisco, some fans may be left out. The proposed arena calls for 17,500 seats; that’s a downsize from the 19,596 capacity for basketball games at Oracle.

On the financial side, San Francisco will be on the hook for up to $120 million of the $1 billion cost of the new building, the Chronicle says. Or in other words, the cost of shoring up the dilapidated piers beneath the arena, although repairing/replacing them would be the Warriors’ responsibility. Chronicle

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