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Why Are The Warriors Moving to San Francisco?

Original post made by Danville, Danville, on Mar 30, 2016

The Golden State Warriors have had over 100 sell out home games in a row at the Oakland Coliseum. There is a waiting list of over 22,000 people to purchase season tickets at the Oakland Coliseum. The Warriors thrive at the Oakland Coliseum, and have the longest home winning streak in the history of the NBA. The Warriors tickets at the Oakland Coliseum are already some of the most expensive in the league, and currently they charge $40 to park your car at regular season games at the Coliseum. Stefan Curry and many of the warriors live in Orinda, Lafayette, the Oakland Hills, etc, and thus playing in Oakland is a much shorter commute for the players than having to cross the bridge and deal with traffic and go to San Francisco. Many of the Warriors coaches and executives also live in the East Bay, and GM Bob Myers grew up in Danville, and Gary Saint Jean and others still live in Danville.

So, the question is, why would the Warriors leave Oakland and move to San Francisco, when the new stadium is projected to be several thousand less seats smaller than the Oakland Coliseum? With a waiting list of over 22,000 fans wanting to buy season tickets, why move to a smaller stadium than you already have in Oakland? Why leave a stadium in which you have over 100 sell outs in a row? Why leave a stadium that gives your players a tremendous home field advantage, as witnessed by the longest home winning streak in the history of the NBA? Why make your star players like Stefan Curry drive farther to San Francisco, and deal with the added commute, traffic, and stress? Why make your coaches and front office staff drive farther to work?

There is a rumor going around that the reason for the move is that the owner's much, much, much younger "fiancé" does not like Oakland and feels San Francisco is much more "stylish", and that is driving the owner to move the team to San Francisco.

Does anyone know what the official line from the Warriors is for the move, considering all of the above reasons making it clear it makes no sense, financial or otherwise? I know many people who work for the Warriors or are in the media live in Danville, have they heard anything justifying why the team insists on moving? You can obviously post without using your real name. I would think there would be more people questioning this move, but for some reason I can not find much information.

Comments (3)

Posted by Ridiculous
a resident of San Ramon
on Apr 4, 2016 at 9:18 pm

Really? Commenting on how young the owner's fiancé is, is ridiculous. I've been to several games in the last 2 years and sit in the 4th row, very close to the owner and his fiancé. She is such a people person - goes around speaking to the fans and always leaves during half-time to buy drinks for people in the crowd.

Am I disappointed the Warriors are moving to San Francisco? You bet I am. Oakland is so close and I know I won't be using a family members season tickets when they move. But blaming her is silly. It's more that the city of Oakland refused to work with the Warriors. It's a major reason why the Raiders and Athletics are looking to move as well.

Posted by Danville
a resident of Danville
on Apr 5, 2016 at 8:57 am

"Ridiculous": Thanks for your comments. I did not say I know for a fact the reason they are moving is due to the owners fiancé, but rather I have heard a rumor she is the reason for the move. Since it makes no sense, financial or otherwise, to move to San Francisco, I was wondering if anyone had heard another reason for the move.

You note the City of Oakland refused to work with the Warriors was why they were moving. While I understand the A's(who draw 4th worst in the majors and play in a run down, often sewer challenged stadium)want to move because the city of Oakland wont fix their stadium and their attendance is horrible, that certainly does not apply to the Warriors situation or where the Warriors play. The Warriors stadium is fine, comfortable, clean stadium, and they have sold out over 100 games in a row and have a season waiting list of over 22,000 people. The Warriors are moving to a smaller stadium in San Francisco. So your explanation makes no sense, as unlike the A's situation or the A's horrible stadium, the Warriors situation is completely different, and except for maybe upgrading the locker rooms or VIP sitting, there is nothing that the Warriors stadium needs to justify moving to a smaller stadium in San Francisco, where your star players have a longer commute and more stress before they arrive to work.

The A's can blame the City of Oakland for wanting to move, but that does not fly with the Warriors.

Anyone else have any information on a real reason for the move?

Posted by DT
a resident of another community
on Apr 5, 2016 at 9:24 am

"Follow the money."

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