Warriors Arena Gets Development Team as Architect Unveils New Design

By Alex Girda, Associate Editor A new hurdle was recently cleared in the process of delivering a new sports arena to the city of San Francisco, as the project finally has a construction deal. The San Francisco Business Times reports that companies Hunt Construction Group and Webcor have been awarded the coveted contract. The developing [...]

A new hurdle was recently cleared in the process of delivering a new sports arena to the city of San Francisco, as the project finally has a construction deal. The San Francisco Business Times reports that companies Hunt Construction Group and Webcor have been awarded the coveted contract.

The developing team won the construction deal to the detriment of three other competing bids, one of which was submitted by Turner Construction. Set to be developed on a site at Pier 30-32 just next to the Bay Bridge, the arena’s design was only recently unveiled by project architect Snohetta, according to which the oval-shaped arena will stand 135 feet tall.

The Golden State Warriors confirmed they are crossing the Bay back to San Francisco after four decades of residency in neighboring Oakland. The currently struggling franchise is set to move out of the Oracle Arena, with the new project reportedly offering around 2,000 seats less than the 19,500-seat Oakland facility.

The $500 million development should be completed by the beginning of the 2017-2018 season in order to match the expiration date on the lease the Warriors have in place with the Oracle Arena.

Additionally, Webcor has partnered up with Hunt Construction Group—a company known across the country as one of the prominent stadium and arena developers—to develop the project. The Scottsdale-based contractor has wide experience in sports-centric projects, and its current completion record boasts dozens of such constructions. Brooklyn’s $485 million Barclays Center, the New York Mets’ $600 million Citi Field, San Francisco’s very own AT&T Park, Nationals Park in Washington and the brand new home of the St. Louis Cardinals—Busch Stadium—are all part of Hunt’s impressive portfolio.

Rendering courtesy of snoarc.no