Warriors release new arena renderings
SAN FRANCISCO (AP) The Golden State Warriors have released new renderings for their planned San Francisco arena after the last design became an Internet punchline for its resemblance to a toilet.
The updated concepts announced by the Warriors on Wednesday show a more curved look for the arena. Much of the viewing deck next to the arena - which together previously gave the aerial appearance of a giant toilet seat with the lid down - is now gone.
The new renderings for the privately funded project - expected to cost more than $1 billion - in the city's Mission Bay neighborhood also show a waterfront park across the street and two public plazas. The team said the arena will seat 18,064 and is expected to open by the start of the 2018-19 season.
The Warriors played their first nine seasons in San Francisco after moving from Philadelphia in 1962. They have played across San Francisco Bay in Oakland since the 1971-72 season.