Warriors Arena-Breaking Ground in Early 2017

The Golden State Warriors have plans to construction a shiny new arena designed to seat 18,000 of its fans. The arena will be coupled with an entertainment center and office complex in San Francisco's Mission Bay district. Though there are a few lawsuits hoping to derail their plans, the Warriors are forging ahead.

Plans for the new arena were announced in May 2012. Originally, the Warriors new home was to be built on Pier 30-32 but that location was quashed. In April 2014, the team purchased a 12-acre parcel in Mission Bay, formerly owned by Salesforce.com. 

 Rendering of the Warrior's new Chase Center area in MIssion Bay.

Rendering of the Warrior's new Chase Center area in MIssion Bay.

In April, the Warriors will host a meeting with potential subcontractors and they plan to officially break ground on the development in the first quarter of 2017. The $1 billion development, named the Chase Center in January 2016 as part of a 20-year naming agreement with JP Morgan Chase, will be driven by a joint venture between Clark Construction and Mortenson. If the projects begins on time, the doors should open in 2019. If the project is delayed, the Warriors will likely have to play their 2019-2020 season outside of San Francisco.

Initially established in Philadelphia in 1946, the Warriors have called the Bay Area home since the 1960s and have played their home games in Oakland since 1971. They have won 4 NBA championships.