But now they've purchased land from Salesforce.com for an arena in Mission Bay.
It was with much fanfare that the proposed San Francisco arena was unveiled. Mayor Ed Lee called it his legacy project.
Opposition in the neighborhood grew towards the 18,000 seat arena. Opponents gathered enough signatures to put height limits on the June ballot. Proposition B and the mounting price tag may have been the final straw for the waterfront project.
Prop. B supporters are elated.
"This moves [the arena project] off of the piers and away from the waterfront. And, yet, at the same time, still is a unique location that will allow the Warriors games and the events that go there to showcase a beautiful waterfront," said Prop. B supporter Jon Golinger.
Supervisor Jane Kim represents the district and says Warriors representatives have already been calling her constituents to talk about the change in arena plans.
"I do think that, that this will be a much easier process, and I think that will be a lot less complexities that are involved in it. That being said, there's still going to be issues that we're going to have to work our way through. But, I do think that this is going to be a great site for the Warriors' arena," she said.