By: Chris Biderman

The Warriors will be abandoning their plans to build a new arena on Piers 30-32 in downtown San Francisco and instead will purchase a lot just south of AT&T Park from, a high-ranking source within the company told WarriorsWorld confirming the story first reported by SF Weekly Monday.

Despite the Warriors insistence on the viability of a new state-of-the-art venue along the city’s downtown water front along the Embarcadero, public opposition to construction on the dilapidated piers have been fierce, as has the price tag to rebuild the foundation and make the site ready for a new arena. The cost of rebuilding the piers’ foundation has reportedly climbed towards $200 million before construction on the arena could begin.

The new lot is on third street between South St. and 16th St. along the water front in Mission Bay, about a mile south of AT&T Park. Salesforce originally purchased the 14-acre property in 2010 to build its corporate headquarters there, but instead shifted its focus towards building the new Transbay Tower currently under construction at Mission and Fremont Streets downtown. The new tower is slated to become the tallest in the city when completed in 2017.

For the Warriors, the new site might not hold the iconic prestige as the piers, but it will still give them a building on the waterfront that won’t have the same hurdles. Local residents opposing the old plan cited traffic concerns as well issues about the arena obstructing views of the surrounding San Francisco Bay.

The team’s officials have not responded to inquiries nor has any paperwork of the sale been made public by the county. According to the city’s property information map, the lot has a value of $179,756,700. Terms of the sale have not yet been disclosed.

Plans for an arena on the new site would only require approvals from two city commissions and the Board of Supervisors. Because the old plan included building on a pier in the bay, the approval process would have been far more problematic requiring approvals from the Army Corps of Engineers, Bay Conservation and Development Commission, the State Lands Commission and others, according to a report in the San Francisco Chronicle.

About The Author

Chris Biderman has been writing about sports in Northern California since 2008. The Santa Rosa native and alum of The Ohio State University started out covering the Oakland A's for his own independent blog before joining FOX Sports Next and in 2012 working for Oakland Clubhouse. In addition to his work covering baseball, Chris became the Editor in Chief and Lead Publisher of Niners Digest last spring. He has been covering the 49ers on a daily basis from their headquarters in Santa Clara. An avid Warrior fan and season ticket holder growing up, Chris has been following the team since the days of David Wood, Chris Gatling and the legendary Latrell Sprewell. His first experience covering the Warriors came in the Summer of 2009 in Las Vegas as an intern for KNBR 680, where he tracked the progress of Summer League super star Anthony Randolph and rookie Stephen Curry.

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