Preliminary design of Warriors’ new arena looks like toilet seat

  • By Diamond Leung San Jose Mercury News
  • Wednesday, September 24, 2014 5:36pm
  • SportsSports

The comparison of the preliminary design of the Warriors’ new arena in San Francisco to a toilet seat is “unfortunate” because it does not reflect the final result, a team spokesman said Wednesday.

Architectural drawings of the oblong 18,000-seat arena scheduled to open for the 2018-19 season attracted widespread attention — and plenty of toilet humor — since their release by the city last week at Mission Bay Citizens Advisory Committee meetings.

Warriors spokesman PJ Johnston said the design for the arena that replaces Oracle Arena as the team’s home will “absolutely” change in the coming months, emphasizing that the drawings created by MANICA Architecture were not detailed renderings.

“I guess that’s the perils of the Internet,” Johnston said of the reaction to the drawings, adding that they were created to offer citizens information on the height, bulk and context of the arena.

“First impressions are first impressions. We’re confident though that when this design is further refined and really comes together, people will not only see what we’re trying to accomplish like with the raised bayfront deck, but they will definitely see a more nuanced and beautiful rendering that will frankly just better showcase the design that than these do.”

The 135-foot-high bayfront terrace that has drawn comparisons to the rear edge of a toilet seat will provide a publicly accessible vista of San Francisco Bay, according to Johnston.

“It will be pretty cool and people will like it,” Johnston said.

Unlike the initial overhead drawing of the arena site, the Warriors have not posted on their website the latest sketches released by San Francisco’s Office of Community Investment and Infrastructure. Johnston said they “weren’t as useful” when taken out of the context of the citizens advisory committee presentation.

Warriors president Rick Welts, who oversees the arena project, did not immediately return a message seeking comment.

“This is the beginning of the beginning, not the end,” co-owner Peter Guber said last month after the initial overhead drawing was released. “Not even the end or the middle. So we’re just organizing ourselves. Rick and all of his team are really just working to put working to put the pieces together in the right way so it works, and that’s really where we’re at.

“Hopefully, it’s going to work.”

Talk to us

More in Sports

The Mountlake Terrace Hawks rally before the match against Archbishop Murphy Thursday night at Lynnwood High School in Lynnwood, Washington on September 22, 2022. The Hawks and Wildcats finished the match with 1-1 tie. (Kevin Clark / The Herald)
After years of struggles, unbeaten Terrace girls thriving in Wesco 3A/2A

The Hawks won just one game during the 2018 and 2019 seasons. The rising program hasn’t lost yet this fall.

Olen Zellweger
Zellweger’s early return gives Silvertips a boost

The reigning WHL Defenseman of the Year played Friday after returning from the NHL’s Anaheim Ducks.

Stanwood’s Otto Wiedmann runs the ball during the Stilly Cup against Arlington on Friday, Sept. 30, 2022 in Arlington, Washington. (Olivia Vanni / The Herald)
Post-Week 5 prep football takeaways from across Snohomish County

Stanwood achieves another milestone in its rapid rise, Cascade clears a big hurdle in its postseason quest, and more.

X
Vote for The Herald’s Prep Athlete of the Week for Sept. 26-Oct. 2

The Athlete of the Week nominees for Sept. 26-Oct. 2. Voting closes… Continue reading

Marysville-Pilchuck’s Darren Johnson-Jones, left, tries to block a pass to Miguel Chavez, right, during football practice on Thursday, Aug. 19, 2021 in Marysville, Wash. (Olivia Vanni / The Herald)
Vote for The Herald’s Prep Football Game of the Week

Help pick one of the high school football games we cover Friday… Continue reading

Seattle Mariners' Sam Haggerty, center, is helped off the field by training personnel manager Scott Servais, left, while stealing second base during the ninth inning of a baseball game against the Detroit Tigers, Monday, Oct. 3, 2022, in Seattle. The Tigers won 4-3. (AP Photo/Stephen Brashear)
Mariners to start playoffs on road after loss to Tigers

Seattle falls 4-3 and Sam Haggerty exits with a groin injury.

White line on Green grass sport field for sport concept
Prep results for Monday, Oct. 3

Prep results for Monday, Oct. 3: (Note for coaches/scorekeepers: To report results… Continue reading

Seattle Seahawks quarterback Geno Smith is hugged by center Austin Blythe, right, after Smith rushed for an 8-yard touchdown during the first half of Sunday’s game against the Detroit Lions. (AP Photo/Duane Burleson)
Grading the Seahawks’ 48-45 victory over the Lions

Geno Smith and the offense take home the top marks from a wild affair.

The Herald's prep football roundup. (Photo by Elaine Thompson)
Prep football roundup for Friday, Sept. 30

Prep football roundup for Friday, Sept. 30: (Note for coaches/scorekeepers: To report… Continue reading

Most Read