Friday, December 9, 2011

Warriors May Abscond to San Francisco

By Rachel Swan
Fri, Dec 9, 2011 at 10:27 AM

"The San Francisco Warriors" might sound about as appealing as "The Fremont A's," but get used to saying it. You have exactly 6 years. Or so says Chron sportswriter Rusty Simmons, who reported today that, right as San Franciscans are crying big crocodile tears over the prospect of losing the 49ers, they may in fact gain Oakland's beloved basketball team as a consolation prize. On Wednesday, San Francisco mayor Ed Lee met with Warriors reps and Giants CEO Larry Baer to discuss the possibility of building a new, huge, lavish sports arena near AT&T Park. Unhappy with their current home at Oracle Arena in Oakland, the Warriors' current owners Joe Lacob and Peter Guber began hatching plans to replace it when they bought the team last year. They've also had discussions with Oakland Mayor Jean Quan about erecting a new site in the East Bay. Wherever the new 20,000 seat building winds up, it'll bring jobs, traffic, and revenue. China basin seems optimal, according to Simmons, since it already has the infrastructure to support a 41,500 stadium. If all goes according to plan, the Warriors will officially be rechristened when they launch the 2017-2018. Oakland, you're right to feel jilted.

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