Warriors Release Updated Design Of New Arena On SF Waterfront
New design includes more public access, fire station, deep-water ship berth and public views that allow visitors to see inside the Golden State Warriors practice facility and into the arena during Warriors games

Unique glass window design on eastern side of arena will allow fans to view the Bay Bridge from their seats inside the arena during games or events

Today the Golden State Warriors released the updated design of their new sports and entertainment arena on the waterfront at Piers 30-32 in San Francisco.

“This new design by Snøhetta and AECOM builds on the first draft we released to create an arena experience on the waterfront that is unique, community-focused and unlike any other venue in existence around the world,” said Joe Lacob, Co-Executive Chairman and CEO of the Warriors. “The new design creates more open space and accessibility to the waterfront, new berths for fireboats and cruise ships and public views into the arena that will be one-of-a-kind for an NBA venue.”

“From the beginning, we’ve said this arena will be world-class, incorporating the best in design, technology and sustainability,” said Peter Guber, Co-Executive Chairman of the Warriors. “Snøhetta and AECOM have done a masterful job designing an arena and public space that will serve as the model for a 21st century digital sports and entertainment center.”

The new arena design now includes a fire station with berths for two fireboats, a deep-water berth for large ships, public access space on the eastern edge of the pier, a sustainable “Gabion Wall” stormwater filtration system and public views that allow visitors to see inside the Golden State Warriors practice facility and into the arena during Warriors games. Additionally, the Warriors have removed nearly 750 seats and several luxury suites to allow fans to view the Bay Bridge from their seats inside the arena during games. The exterior roof of the arena will also feature small LEDs similar to the current Bay Lights art installation that can project images, patterns or shapes.

Project Comparison – Pier 30-32 Development Version 1.0 and Version 2.0
Version 1.0
Version 2.0
Event Center Height
135 feet
125 feet
Retail Area
105,000 square feet
90,000 square feet
Parking Stalls
Event Center Area
771,000 square feet
728,000 square feet
Open Space Area
50% of site
53% of site
Deep Water Berth Provided
Public Access Space at East Edge
0 feet
40 feet
Public View into Arena
Bike Parking
200 spaces
300 spaces

“We believe our new design lives up to the importance of this incredible waterfront site and fuses together the vision of the Golden State Warriors with the community input we’ve heard over the past several months,” said Craig Dykers, Senior Partner/Director/Architect of Snøhetta. “When people view the new designs, they will see a space and facility that serves everyone: fans, pedestrians, bicyclists, tourists, local residents and the community.”

“The NBA is thrilled about this new design and excited that the Bay Area’s NBA team will be playing in an unique, world-class facility on the San Francisco waterfront,” said NBA Commissioner David Stern. “Once completed, the Warriors’ arena will provide our fans with one of the most technologically advanced and unique fan experiences in the NBA and all of professional sports.”

“These updated designs show the incredible potential of a new waterfront venue at Piers 30-32,” said San Francisco Mayor Ed Lee. “In addition to hosting the Warriors and enabling our city to host major indoor sporting events and concerts, the Piers 30-32 project will provide tremendous public benefits to San Francisco, including a new fire station, berths for large ships and SFFD fire boats and an expansive new civic space for fans, residents and tourists to enjoy.”

The privately financed arena will be located at Piers 30-32 on San Francisco Bay, south of the Bay Bridge, between the Ferry Building and AT&T Park. Under the agreement, the City will provide the land and the Warriors will pay to repair the crumbling piers and privately finance the arena project. The cost of repairs alone is estimated at $100-120 million.

The new facility will host the Bay Area’s NBA basketball team, as well as provide a spectacular new venue for top-tier concerts, cultural events and conventions -- prominent events the City currently cannot accommodate.

About Snøhetta
For over 20 years, Snøhetta has designed some of the world's most notable public and cultural projects. Snøhetta kick-started its career in 1989 with the competition-winning entry for the new library of Alexandria, Egypt. This was later followed by the commission for the Norwegian National Opera in Oslo and the National September 11th Memorial Museum Pavilion at the World Trade Center in New York City, among many others. Since its inception, the practice has maintained its original trans-disciplinary approach, integrating architectural, landscape and interior design in all of its projects.

Snøhetta is currently working on a number of civic and cultural projects in North America including the expansion of the San Francisco Museum of Modern Art in California, the Isabel Bader Center for the Performing Arts at Queens University in Kingston, Ontario, the Far Rockaway Public Library in New York, and the redevelopment of Times Square in New York City, expected to be completed in 2015.

Among its many recognitions, Snøhetta received the World Architecture Award for the Bibliotheca Alexandrina and the Norwegian National Opera and Ballet, and the Aga Kahn Prize for Architecture for Alexandria Library. Since its completion in 2008, the Norwegian National Opera and Ballet has also garnered the Mies van der Rohe European Union Prize for Architecture and the EDRA (Environmental Design Research Association) Great Places Award, as well as the European Prize for Urban Public Space, The International Architecture Award and The Global Award for Sustainable Architecture in 2010.

Listed on the Fortune 500 as one of America’s largest companies, AECOM's talented employees — including architects, engineers, designers, planners, scientists and management professionals — now serve clients in more than 130 countries around the world.

AECOM’s technical expertise and creative excellence come from the rich history of some of the world’s finest engineering, environmental, construction management as well as planning and design companies.

AECOM is recognized in Engineering News-Record’s 2011 Top 500 Design Firms' rankings, where AECOM is ranked #1 overall. And, for four consecutive years, Newsweek included AECOM on its U.S. Companies Green Rankings list.

For more information on the Warriors’ San Francisco arena development project, please visit warriors.com/sf.

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