Warriors' Arena 3.0

Posted by Leslie Bauer on Wednesday, November 20th, 2013 at 4:32pm.

 New renderings for the Warriors’ Arena are released and now you are one of the first to get a sneak peak at what the new Warriors’ Arena will look like.  

Highrises.com (North America’s high rise condo specialists) is covering this story because there is talk that the Arena plans also will include high rise condos.  Not much has been revealed about the residential aspects, but new details have emerged for the main project which many people are calling Warriors’ Arena 3.0.


The Warriors’ Arena will be just south of the Bay Bridge in San Francisco.  A winding pathway surrounding the Arena will be open to the public and will have spectacular views of the Bay, the iconic bridge and panoramic views from fifty feet above sea level on the public. From the “Skyview Terrace” you will also be able to look into the court floor below to watch the game.  For those that desire a more exclusive view there will be thirty-two courtside suites, forty typical suites and several club lounges to celebrate the wins or drown sorrows of a loss.

The arena will have 18,000 seats and will sit on the bay on Piers 30-32 which are currently in poor shape.  The project will restore the crumbling pier and add a new icon to the bay.  The new design is greener, the height has been decreased 10 feet shorter and includes gated parking for 500.  The plan also will have a fire station with boat docks to accommodate three fire boats to take advantage of the unique location.  Cruise ships will also have a doc to pull up into at the arena as will water taxis.  The public will be able to see inside the arena creating a unique way for the community to experience basketball.

Besides the 170,000 square feet venue, the plan also will have 21,000 square feet of practice space for the NBA superstars to perfect their game.  Also, there will be 90,000 square feet of leasable commercial space at the entrance to the pier which hopes to include a variety of restaurants, cafes and shops.  

An exciting aspect is that one side of the arena can be transformed into a 4,000 seat high end theater for other events.  Another part of the plan is the 333,000 square feet of open space including views of the waterfront which the designers are calling “Waterfront Park”.  Sixty percent of the entire project consists of open space, yet we are still learning all the plans for these designated areas.  If they are wise, they will create truly unique an innovative spaces for the public as “open space” has become a carrot catch all term from developers in urban environments.  


The story of why The Golden State Warriors has decided to move from Oakland to San Francisco begins in 2010 when the Warriors were bought byVenture capitalist and entertainment entrepreneur Joe Lacob and Peter Guber.  From the beginning, they stated their desire to move the Bay Area team to San Francisco.  They want the team to be something that the city locals can be proud of.   Joe Lacob said, “This is an incredible opportunity for the region. Building a state-of-the-art, environmentally friendly event pavilion, amid a myriad of public transportation options, represents smart development and an incredible economic engine, and it will ensure that the Warriors remain the Bay Area’s NBA team for the next 50 years.”

The architects who were hired to design the project are Snøhetta Architects and released their first initial design in 2012.   Snøhetta currently has other projects underway including Houston’s new transit station, Ryerson University's new Student Learning Centre in Toronto, Isabel Bader Centre for the Performing Arts in Ontario, Far Rockaway Library in New York and SF MOMA’s expansion.

The project manager is Manica Architecture based in Kansas City who focus exclusively on large scale public assembly facilities.  David Manica has an impressive resume including lead design on theToyota Center, Reliant Stadium, O2 Arena London, the New Wembley Stadium in London, England and the Beijing Olympic Arena.  Recently Manica was selected to create China’s first NBA Center inWuqing and the World Cup Stadium in Moscow.



Although San Francisco’s Mayor Ed Lee and city leaders support the project as it will bring in revenue to an otherwise run down pier, the project is not without disapproval from other civic leaders and residents who are concerned with environmental impacts and reality that the views of the bay will become less to the public.  Also, at the root of the opposition is a core concern of lack of vision of long term planning in the City, specifically, if a basketball arena is the best fit for the culture in San Francisco.  

With the recent public vote to oppose the new luxury high-rise 8 Washington, economists, city planners, real estate agents and residents are curious what the next large scale residential development will be in the city with the housing market in high demand.  The new Warriors’ Arena could ultimately have neighboring mid or high rise residences, but it’s unclear if the voters will take this to a vote and let it pass or vote it down.  Ultimately the amount of fans vs. opponents to the project will greatly impact the decision as this will likely come to a vote by the public if the Warriors’ Arena will be built.  


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