Though the initial, non-detailed drawings were highly toilet-like, the Warriors have today released a new set of much prettier, more detailed renderings of their new arena in Mission Bay, and they're quite handsome. (And less bidet-esque.)
As reported earlier, after abandoning the Pier 30 plan, the Warriors ownership stuck with the architecture team of Norway-based Snøhetta (who are also designing the new SFMOMA expansion) and stadium designers MANICA Architecture, who are serving in the lead architect role, for a redesigned by similar concept on an inland lot off of Third Street in Mission Bay.
Says lead architect David Manica in a release today, "This new design is the culmination of excellent community input and a commitment from this franchise to create a world-class design that San Franciscans will be proud of. It’s an ongoing process, and we will continue to involve the public as we move forward."
The whole site is 12 acres and will include over 100,000 square feet of retail along Terry Francois Boulevard, as well as in a Market Hall at South Street. The 18,000-person capacity, multi-purpose arena now has other buildings on several sides of it, but there are still three acres of plaza around the main building. They're also promising a 35,000 square foot public plaza along Third Street, that will be larger than Union Square. One corner of the site will face the Bayfront Park that the Warriors will build between the site and the water's edge, and you can get a better sense of this from the new renderings.
If all goes well with approvals and such, the Warriors are hoping to have the arena be open in time for the 2018-19 NBA season.