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Lowell Cohn: Warriors don't need a new San Francisco arena (w/video)

  • This rendering shows the interior of the Warriors' new waterfront arena in San Francisco, which was originally expected to be completed by 2017. (Golden State Warriors)

Maybe you missed this one. The Warriors recently admitted their new San Francisco arena, their Taj Mahal by the Bay, won't be ready for the 2017 season as originally projected. They said it could be ready a year after that. Or not.

The “not” is a terrific option. The Warriors do not need a new arena, and San Francisco sure doesn't need one, either.

Let's talk arenas and stadiums. Let's talk like grown-ups because this is a grown-up topic. Some teams need new places for their fun and games. The Giants played in an old wind tunnel fans hated. Sure, the Giants needed a new place and finally got one, lovely AT&T Park.

The 49ers played in the same dump as the Giants and they needed a new place and eventually got one — although I can't help wishing their new place was in San Francisco. Never mind.

So far the operative word is “need.”

The A's need a new place — they'll probably have to work that out with the Giants. And the Raiders need a new place. We all know that. We get it. Candlestick wasn't suitable and the Oakland Coliseum is a dump with plumbing problems.

But this Warriors' thing is entirely different. Show us the need. Please show us the need. Oracle Arena already was made over once. It's an admirable place. Has luxury boxes. Has great sight lines. The Warriors have sold out 61 games in a row. On their website they invite fans to buy tickets and be part of the 62nd consecutive sellout tonight. Please check it out. The Warriors are a smashing success in Oakland.

For this, the Warriors need a new arena?

It's easy to reach Oracle Arena. It's right next to Highway 880 and the parking lots are vast. BART takes riders right to the arena. This is a dream scenario.

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