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SOURCES: Warriors to Unveil Plans for S.F. Arena on Tuesday

The press conference to announce the Warriors’ intentions to move to San Francisco is set for Tuesday at the site of the planned location, according to multiple sources.

One of the sources, who is scheduled to attend, said at least four of the 11 city officials who signed a letter supporting the Warriors’ plans for a waterfront arena will be present at the announcement ceremony.

The Warriors are still tight-lipped on the matter, but there were several reports a tent and chairs were being set up at the site. Mercury News blogger Adam Lauridsen first broke the news that the Warriors reached a deal on a new state-of-the-art San Francisco arena. He also reported it would be announced on Tuesday.

Marcus Thompson

  • Bane

    Great news. It’ll be nice to walk out of the game after another Warriors loss and have fun things to do near the arena.

  • dknight.007

    What a slap in the face to the REAL hardcore W’s fans that are located in the East Bay.

    This says it all that Lacob is trying to cater to the big elite evil corporations and the 1%:

    San Francisco is considered a more lucrative sports market and a waterfront arena would likely increase the Warriors value by tens of millions of dollars, said sports economist Andrew Zimbalist.

    “It has more large corporations; it has more high-income people; it has a larger population base to draw from; and it potentially incorporates the market in San Jose,” he said.

    Either way, the Warriors willingness to leave is “a slap in the face,” said Chris Dobbins, founder of Save Oakland Sports and a member of the Coliseum authority, which oversees the municipally-owned complex.

    “We’re very upset,” Dobbins said.

    If they name the team San Francisco Warriors that will be even more of slap in the face. Expect attendance to not be the same as it was in Oakland, especially if the team continues to SUCK!

    An Arena near the Pier 30-32 site would cause terrible congestion and public transportation would be nightmare as well.

    The fair weather corporate elite and 1% that Lacob is catering to will not support this team through thick and thin, especially when they continue to suck, like how the team was supported at Oracle Arena, when they have sucked for so long.

    Th real hard core East Bay fans who have night in and night out sold out Oracle after 18 years of consistent should stop showing up next year after this clown Lacon slaps them in the face tomorrow and tells them he wants to go to SF.

    Going to SF isn’t going to bring high priced free agents to play with the W’s…being a good consistent winning hoops team is what attracts free agents!

  • Ryan

    Lol@ Dknight.007

  • dknight.007

    Golden State Yuppies Says:
    May 21st, 2012 at 11:20 am

    Get ready for watered-down, cosmopolitan, no-nothing fare-weather fans…

    Way to piss away the most rabid, loyal fanbase in the country….San Francisco is a Giants/Niners town — not a basketball city.

    The East Bay is the Bay Area’s basketball mecca and has produced Hall of Famers like Jason Kidd, Gary Payton, Paul Salis, Bill Russell — as well as Damien Lillard (Oakland Highschool) who is projected to be picked around #10 in this years NBA draft…

    In Oakland they had awful basketball and great fans — in SF they will have great basketball and awful fans

    ^^^^^^^^
    Couldn’t agree more.

    I hope the REAL hard core East Bay W’s fans (the ones who have consistently sold out Oracle during all the losing years) don’t show up next year and boo and heckle the crap out the dbag Lacob!

  • dknight.007

    In SF there is no guarantee of “great basketball”

  • marc

    I agree 100% Dknight, when they move, I will never support or buy another ticket. The Warriors will be dead to me. Screw Lacob and his crappy basketball team. In fact, I’m done now. Every buddy who I have spoken with, will not be renewing their season tickets when they move. I will watch Cal from now on.

  • CFL

    The Eastbay the best fans on the planet. I’m done with the Warriors if this move happens. 1st Mitch Richmond now this! Oakland should make sure the Raiders stay!. After that maybe Oakland should go after the Kings, only if they want out of Sac. Oakland or EastBay Kings. Unlikely. If not I’ll only be watching Cal games as well. I will never buy a Warriors ticket again if they leave Oakland.

  • John Starks

    Heartbroken. Confused. Very, very angry.

    What did we do in the East Bay to deserve this? We have been the craziest, most loyal fans in the entire league for 25 of the most pitiful years of any single pro sports franchise. We did this while holding down the Raiders and the A’s, too. They all want to leave.

    I will never understand why that effort by the fans isn’t and wasn’t even worth trying to stay where the fans are. I grew up today. Finally. I’ve been a fan of pro sports my entire life but today I figured out it has never been about how much dedication I have. It’s only about how much money some guy can make. I’m finished with pro sports.

    I even defended Joe Lacob when several free agency attempts whiffed and when the boos rained down on him. I kept telling the angry fans there was a reason to stay positive, that eventually all of this torment – 25 FUCKIN YEARS – was finally going to be worth it for the East Bay since we’ve been hanging in there for so long. “Joe’s eventually going to do right by us.”

    I will probably watch the Warriors on TV for a short while out of some macabre fascination but the love affair is instantly over. I will never spend another penny on the Warriors ever again. I will be scalping my tickets to the rich yuppies at 4x face value – hey, if Lacob can do it why can’t I? The suckiest part is: Lacob and Crew knew they were going to hose the East Bay people and did it anyway.

    You’ve all been played. While we waited and showed up for the team to be anything close to .500, they will now be a decent team in another city. Thanks for taking it up the ass for 25 years, fans. Joe Lacob is thoroughly relieved.

    Long live the REAL fans of the East Bay. I’m proud of every single one of you. Fuck San Francsico.

  • dknight007

    Big Corporate money will never replace the the real passion and energy the REAL East Bay and Tri Valley fans brought to the Warrior games at Oracle, even when the team sucked.

    Once the new Arena in SF is built and Lacob does another slap in the face to the REAL Warrior fans by naming the team San Francisco Warriors (Ewww) I hope the team continues to suck (which they probably will) and then those fair weather corporate rich snobs stop showing up to the games, (unlike the loyal hard core East Bay and Tri Valley Warrior fans)

    Lacob and Guber would have spent a crap load of money for the Pier Arena site and they will be in big time debt! hahaha

  • sperry

    So let me get this straight, all of the comments from the “hardcore Warriors fans”, will stick by the W’s being one of the worst teams in the NBA. Stand by the team when owners only care about collecting dollars from fans who keep paying even when the team is not winning. Fans who every year are excited thinking things will be better. Fans who… yeah you get the point.

    Common, lets be realistic, those “hardcore fans”, are not going to suddenly hate the Warriors for moving to SF. And why would you? If a new Arena in a location just miles away is going to help improve this team, help attract better players, then please go for it. The Fan base is not going to change because of that.

    The team can do anything they want to help promote the W’s, bring in more money, and become a winning team, as long as the money goes to making the team better.

  • Mike

    I’m always astonished, amused, saddened when yet another dedicated sports fan discovers that, “Omigod, professional sports is really about money, not sport. Omigod, why didn’t someone tell me?!”

  • dknight007

    8.sperry Says:
    May 22nd, 2012 at 10:47 am
    So let me get this straight, all of the comments from the “hardcore Warriors fans”, will stick by the W’s being one of the worst teams in the NBA. Stand by the team when owners only care about collecting dollars from fans who keep paying even when the team is not winning. Fans who every year are excited thinking things will be better. Fans who… yeah you get the point.

    Common, lets be realistic, those “hardcore fans”, are not going to suddenly hate the Warriors for moving to SF. And why would you? If a new Arena in a location just miles away is going to help improve this team, help attract better players, then please go for it. The Fan base is not going to change because of that.

    The team can do anything they want to help promote the W’s, bring in more money, and become a winning team, as long as the money goes to making the team better.

    ^^^^^^^^
    The fanbase is rooted in the East Bay and Tri Valley Areas for your information. Middle class folk.

    This new Arena in SF pier will be catering to big rich corporations and the 1% basically.

    The passion and energy that was brought to Oracle game in and game out will be gone once they move to the Pier. The East Bay/Tri Valley hard core REAL Warrior fans will be priced out of the new over priced season tickets at the Arena at the Pier and they will not want to travel that far to the traffic ridden City for a Warrior game…especially when they will still SUCK!

  • dknight007

    There is no guarantee the W’s will be bring in high priced free agents once they move to the Pier new Arena.

    Being a consistent WINNING franchise attracts high priced free agents…not a new Arena.

  • dknight007

    Monte Poole hits the nail on the head again regarding Warriors move to SF:

    http://www.insidebayarea.com/warriors/ci_20680438/monte-poole-ritzy-address-wont-make-warriors-winners

  • The real Never Nervous Purvis

    This is a whatever moment for me. This franchise still sucks right now no matter what big talk Lacob and Guber make about five years down the road. Why don’t you win some more games and sniff the playoffs before bragging about how S.F. is going to make this franchise relevant again? So far, the new owners have only been windbags and blowhards. Show us something on the court before you start proclaiming how great this new arena/location will be.
    And I don’t care where the Warriors play. If they can start making the playoffs more than once in 20 years they can build an arena on the Tomales Bay waterfront and I’d be enthused. But Warriors’ fans who are excited about this news should check their coats at the door and head straight for the bar. These Warriors’ fans have supported the team when it sucked and sucked and sucked some more playing in Oakland. Where they play should be insignificant until they start making better basketball-related decisions and produce some positive results on the court.

  • John Starks

    @#8 – Then why couldn’t they put the new stadium in Oakland, where fan attendance has never been an issue? They could have helped Oakland by putting the new stadium in there.

    Instead, they completely diss the fans of the East Bay and look forward to sucking up to the rich, soft fans of San Francisco.

    You cannot get any more hardcore than paying money to watch a team UTTERLY SUCK for three decades.

  • sperry

    #9,12

    Im not trying to say SF crowd will compete with the enthusiasm levels of Oakland, or that games will be more exciting at all. Im just saying that the Hardcore fans are not going to pack up and leave because the team is making a move.

    I would love the W’s to stay in Oakland, but im not involved in the arena talks, I dont know the hold ups, i dont know the offers. What I do know is that I am a W’s fan because they are my local team. I grew up and have many memories of Warrior games. I had one of my first dates to a Warriors game, eaten mass amounts of arena food and hung out with many friends at Warriors games. Im a Warriors fan for many reasons, none of them are because the Arena is in Oakland, or when Warriors were playing in San Jose. I’ll still be a Warriors fan when/if they move to SF.

    “Hardcore” fans are not made because the Arena is in their side of the Bay, they are made from the experiences they have had with the team, and the love for the sport.

  • The real Never Nervous Purvis

    dkKnight #11…. Totally agree. Monte nailed this in his column. Lacob and Guber seem to be running like the Warriors like a college team and hoping facilities will help in recruiting. When you draft terribly and make horrible trades for decades, your arena and location don’t matter. Have good basketball people making wise basketball decisions, and you’re San Antonio or Oklahoma City. An Indiana-OKC finals would make this planned move across the Bay even look more ludicrous.