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.”

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