Wednesday, January 29, 2014

Why do the Warriors need a new stadium?


From the San Francisco Waterfront Alliance

I'm a Warriors fan. During the broadcast of last night's game, it was announced that the Golden State Warriors have sold out 58 straight games at the Oracle Arena, the largest NBA stadium in the state:


When the arena reopened in time for the 1997-98 season, its new capacity was 19,596, making it the largest of the four NBA arenas in California by capacity. It remains such as of 2014, with Staples Center (the current home of both the Lakers and Clippers) second and the Sleep Train Arena in Sacramento third.

It was easy for the 49ers to make a case for a new stadium, since Candlestick Park was/is the oldest stadium in the NFL, except for Lambeau Field in Green Bay and Soldier Field in Chicago.

But Oracle Arena is easily accessible from the whole Bay Area and has a nice big parking lot with 10,000 spaces. So what's the problem?

The Warriors' stadium project will be discussed at this meeting on February 3.

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6 Comments:

At 4:11 PM, Anonymous Anonymous said...

Rob - this post sort of sums up your ability to take a few facts, twist them around to what seems like a logical conclusion, but is in fact completely erroneous because the facts you quote are useless distractions.

Fact: The Warriors have a big stadium.
Fact: The Warriors are selling out.
Fact: The arena is accessible.

QED!

So what's the problem!?

Fact: NBA teams make a fraction of their income from selling tickets to the masses.
Fact: The sales of luxury boxes are the only important part of the on-site revenue stream for NBA teams
Fact: Most of the revenue for any NBA team comes from Television, not ticket sales.
Fact: After Television, sales of merchandise is the number 2 revenue stream.
Fact: Oracle Arena has shitty TV facilities, shitty luxury boxes which undersell at prices below what other teams can charge, and shitty placement of not only merchandise areas but also concessions.

Conclusion: Oracle Arena is crap.

 
At 7:33 AM, Anonymous Anonymous said...

Rob, you need to expose the terrible mess that Cesar Chavez St has been turned into:

http://sf.streetsblog.org/2014/01/29/cesar-chavez-a-traffic-sewer-transformed-into-a-safer-street

It now takes forever to get onto the 101 and has greatly increased pollution and greenhouse gasses.

 
At 10:16 AM, Blogger Rob Anderson said...

"Oracle Arena has shitty TV facilities, shitty luxury boxes which undersell at prices below what other teams can charge, and shitty placement of not only merchandise areas but also concessions.
Conclusion:Oracle Arena is crap."

Too fucking bad that the billionaire owners of the Warriors don't think they're making enough money. Why don't they just buy Oracle Arena and rehab it to their specs? The answer: because they think they can make a successful greed/power trip on our waterfront. I hope they're wrong.

 
At 7:48 PM, Anonymous Anonymous said...

Too fucking bad that the billionaire owners of the Warriors don't think they're making enough money. Why don't they just buy Oracle Arena and rehab it to their specs? The answer: because they think they can make a successful greed/power trip on our waterfront. I hope they're wrong.

They're not. You know why? Because they are billionaires and you don't have a pot to piss in. So bend over.

 
At 11:01 PM, Anonymous Anonymous said...

Why don't they just buy Oracle Arena and rehab it to their specs?

Why don't you go to Russia, you freedom-hating communist.

 
At 1:14 PM, Blogger Rob Anderson said...

"They're not. You know why? Because they are billionaires and you don't have a pot to piss in. So bend over."

The vote on 8 Washington shows that being rich may not be enough to get this development done. And the anti-highrise initiative on November's ballot will be still more evidence of that.

 

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