A Warriors spokesman says a delay in the team’s planning for the proposed waterfront arena at piers 30-32 in San Francisco is due to a design revamping.
P.J. Johnston told the Chronicle the delay stems from the original design of the eastern edge at piers 30-32 where a portion of the proposed Warriors arena would jut out slightly over the bay.
The problem? According to the report, that area is one of the few remaining deep water sites along the city's waterfront, and the arena, as currently designed, would not allow for a cruise ship to dock there.
The report says the Warriors are now working on “Design 2.0” which would allow for a cruise ship berth on that eastern edge of the proposed arena.
Having the berth available is also important to maritime unions, like the International Longshore and Warehouse Unions. Johnston: “There’s a labor component to having this use as well.”
Johnston said the delay should have no impact on the team’s target opening date for the billion-dollar facility in 2017.
Geoff James is a producer and staff writer for CSNBayArea.com