Warriors set date to break ground on new San Francisco arena

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The Golden State Warriors will be breaking ground on a new arena this month. The team has set a date of Jan. 17 for the first shovel of dirt for their new home — Chase Center — according to a report from CSN Bay Area.

This comes after a long process in which the team battled various organizations around the city, and after their previous plan for a new arena on Piers 30-32 was scrapped.

From CSN Bay Area:

The move to the Mission Bay site has been fought by various groups in San Francisco, most notably the Mission Bay Alliance, which vowed to litigate relentlessly in an effort to force a change in location.

The MBA cited several concerns, chief among them being the impact of traffic congestion in the immediate area of the UCSF Medical Center at Mission Bay.

The Warriors, however, have prevailed over the MBA in every court battle, the most recent occurring in November with an Appeals Court victory upholding the validity of the Environmental Impact Report.

Chase Center will be located blocks from AT&T Park where the San Francisco Giants play, and according to their website will seat 18,000 people, hold 11 acres of restaurants and other retail space, and include a new five-and-a half-acre public waterfront park