Construction is set to begin January 17th on the Warriors’ new Mission Bay Arena, the final major step in bring the NBA team back to San Francisco for the 2019-20 season.
The 18,500-seat basketball and entertainment center, to be called the Chase Center, and surrounding area will “serve as a destination for the entire community,” according to Warriors President Rick Welts.
The groundbreaking ceremony will take place at noon at Third and 16th streets, and will be broadcast live on CSN Bay Area and streamed at www.chasecenter.com and www.csnbayarea.com. Attending will be Warriors head coach Steve Kerr, All-Star forward Kevin Durant, President Rick Welts, owners Joe Lacob and Peter Guber, and Mayor Ed Lee.
To handle the massive influx of people going to the arena, city officials plan to add Muni light-rail cars, increase Caltrain service and add sidewalks and bike lanes, among other measures.
“This new venue will not only ensure our beloved Warriors remain in the Bay Area, but it will fill a void in San Francisco’s portfolio of arts and events facilities,” the mayor said in a statement. “It will provide enormous economic benefits, including thousands of new jobs and millions in new tax revenues for the city.”