Chase Center (San Francisco)

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Chase Center
Chase Center logo.jpg
Location Third St & South St, San Francisco, California
Coordinates 37°46′05″N 122°23′15″W / 37.76806°N 122.38750°W / 37.76806; -122.38750Coordinates: 37°46′05″N 122°23′15″W / 37.76806°N 122.38750°W / 37.76806; -122.38750
Public transit BSicon LOGO SFmuni.svg UCSF Mission Bay Station
Capacity 18,000
Construction
Broke ground Spring 2017 (planned)
Opened 2019 (planned)
Architect MANICA Architecture (Design architect)
Gensler (Interiors)
Structural engineer Magnusson Klemencic Associates
General contractor Clark Construction Co. / Mortenson Construction
Tenants
Golden State Warriors (NBA) (2019–) planned

Chase Center is a proposed multi-use indoor arena in San Francisco, California. It would mainly be used for basketball, becoming the new home of the Golden State Warriors. The Warriors, who have called the Bay Area home since 1962, have played their home games in Oakland since 1971.

A map of Chase Center's planned location

Location and Design[edit]

The name of Chase Center was announced on January 28, 2016 as part of an agreement with JPMorgan Chase.[1][2][3] The planned location for the arena, which would house the Golden State Warriors, is in San Francisco.[4] It will be implemented on Third St & 16th St in San Francisco.[5] The location will have an overlook of the water. The arena will have multiple layers and floors and will have a seating capacity of 18,000 people. It will also include a multi-purpose area that includes a theater configuration with an entrance overlooking a newly built park. It will contain 580,000 square feet (54,000 m2) of office and lab space and have 100,000 square feet (9,300 m2) of retail space. The construction will include a parking space of about 950 spaces and will be accessible to the public transportation around the area.[4] A new subway line is also now under construction that will link the arena and the University of California, San Francisco to downtown hotels, convention centers and to subway and commuter rail lines that serve the entire Bay Area. With their 1 billion dollar investment, the Chase Center will anchor a district of 11 acres of restaurants, cafes, offices, public plazas and a new five-and-a half-acre public waterfront park.[3]

Planned opening[edit]

The plan for building a new arena was announced on May 22, 2012 at a Golden State Warriors press conference at the proposed site, attended by San Francisco Mayor Ed Lee, then-NBA Commissioner David Stern, Lt. Governor Gavin Newsom, owners Joe Lacob and Peter Guber, and Warriors staff and city officials.[6] A new privately financed, $500 million 17,000 to 19,000 seat arena was planned to be located on Pier 30-32 along the San Francisco Bay waterfront, situated between the San Francisco Ferry Building and AT&T Park.[7] A month after the proposal, the South Beach-Rincon-Mission Bay Neighborhood Association criticized the site and said that a second major league sport venue in the area would make it no longer "family friendly".[8] Former San Francisco mayor Art Agnos began speaking to dozens of community gatherings in opposition to the proposed arena, stating that the project was pushed by two out-of-town billionaires and would severely impact traffic and city views.[9] On December 30, 2013, a ballot proposition was submitted to the city titled the Waterfront Height Limit Right to Vote Act.[10] The initiative made it onto the June 2014 ballot as Proposition B, and its passage would affect three major waterfront developments, including the proposed Warriors stadium.[11]

On April 19, 2014, the Warriors abandoned plans for the pier site and purchased a 12-acre site owned by Salesforce.com at the Mission Bay neighborhood for an undisclosed amount. The arena project will be financed privately.[12] The architect for the project is MANICA Architecture and the current plan for the Chase Center is having it built by 2019.[4] The plan for the Chase Center to open earlier was pushed back multiple times due to many complaints about the location.[5] Construction on the arena is set to begin in 2017 with hopes of it being completed by 2019 before the NBA season starts.[4]

In April 2015, the Mission Bay site was opposed by the Mission Bay Alliance, which cited traffic, lack of parking, and use of space that could go to UCSF expansion among other things as their reasons for opposition. Their complaint is that the Chase Center will be located right near UCSF Benioff Children’s Hospital and AT&T Park and will create more traffic in San Francisco. They also argued that the plan intends on using public money for private development. Others[who?] say that this area can be used to expand the campus of UCSF.[5] To avoid the plan to build the Chase Center being voided, representatives of the project have been working to address these issues such as traffic and parking.[13]

References[edit]

  1. ^ "Future Warriors arena to be named Chase Center". National Basketball Association. January 28, 2016. Retrieved January 29, 2016. 
  2. ^ Dineen, J.K. (January 28, 2016). "Warriors arena to be named Chase Center — bank buys naming rights". San Francisco Chronicle. Retrieved January 29, 2016. 
  3. ^ a b Chase, Neil (January 28, 2016). "Chase Center: San Francisco's New Home for Basketball". www.chase.com. Retrieved January 29, 2016. 
  4. ^ a b c d "S.F. Office of Contract Administration, Bids & Contracts - Bid Document". mission.sfgov.org. Retrieved April 13, 2016. 
  5. ^ a b c "Warriors' San Francisco arena plans met by opposition". ABC7 San Francisco. Retrieved April 13, 2016. 
  6. ^ Pomin, Ernie (May 22, 2013). "Warriors Hold S.F. Press Conference, Will Privately Fund New Arena At Pier 30/32 Site". SB Nation Bay Area. Retrieved April 7, 2015. 
  7. ^ Matier & Ross (February 15, 2013). "Warriors to build new arena, move back to S.F.". San Francisco Chronicle. Retrieved April 5, 2015. 
  8. ^ Sankin, Aaron (June 6, 2012). "Warriors' San Francisco Arena Opposition Begins To Mount". Huffington Post. Retrieved April 5, 2015. 
  9. ^ Marinucci, Carla (November 22, 2013). "Agnos' homespun crusade to block Warriors arena". San Francisco Chronicle. Retrieved April 5, 2015. 
  10. ^ "Waterfront Height Limit Right to Vote Act" (PDF). December 30, 2013. Retrieved April 6, 2015. 
  11. ^ Sabatini, Joshua (March 17, 2014). "SF ballot fight over waterfront height limits has day in court". The Examiner. Retrieved April 6, 2015. 
  12. ^ Coté, John (April 21, 2014). "Warriors shift arena plans to Mission Bay". San Francisco Chronicle. Retrieved April 21, 2014. 
  13. ^ Cestone, Vince; KRON. "Opposition to new Golden State Warriors arena in San Francisco expands". KRON4.com. Retrieved April 13, 2016. 

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