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Improved Golden State Warriors will Relocate to SF

Ever since the May 21 announcement that the Golden State Warriors would be moving to San Francisco for the 2017-18 NBA season, local residents have been buzzing with excitement anticipating the relocation of the Bay Area’s beloved NBA team. The Warriors, who have played in Oakland’s Oracle Arena dating back to 1966, will finally return to the city that they first called home in 1971 after moving from Philadelphia. This transition plan, which San Francisco Mayor Ed Lee calls his “legacy project,” includes a $500 million dollar budget, 100,000 square feet of restaurant and retail space, and a new arena that will be built under the Bay Bridge between the Ferry Building and AT&T Park.

While the prospect of a new arena is certainly elating for fans, perhaps the most promising aspect of the Warriors’ eventual move to San Francisco is the team’s recent rise to relevance. At this point in the current NBA season, Golden State boasts a 26-17 record and is looking to reach the playoffs for the first time since the 2006-07 season. This week, Warriors power forward David Lee was named to the All-Star game for the second time in his career, and in doing so became the first Golden State player to be elected as an All-Star since Latrell Sprewell in 1997. Along with Lee, the Warriors have a budding star in point guard Stephen Curry, a crop of promising young players such as Klay Thompson and Harrison Barnes, and a solid bench unit highlighted by Jarrett Jack and Carl Landry. The success of this Warriors squad bodes well for its future tenure in San Francisco, and has many students at the University of San Francisco eagerly awaiting the team’s arrival.

“It’s exciting because every time a team moves into a new stadium, you really want them to be good,” USF freshman Tyler Lym said.
“For instance, take the Miami Marlins. They moved into a new ballpark, but they still suck, and they haven’t really brought any hope. So having a good team that can actually play well come here is a big bonus. It makes things a lot more entertaining.”

Despite the hopefulness and enthusiasm surrounding the Warriors’ relocation, it is rare that such a drastic change occurs seamlessly. While the time of the team’s move to San Francisco has been confirmed, there is still much debate and negotiation concerning the construction of the arena and the management of city space.

One issue is that it will be difficult to provide sufficient parking, due to the density of the city’s downtown and waterfront areas, and also because the stadiums that the 49ers and Giants call home cover a considerable amount of land. On top of the parking problem, the new arena will have to be much smaller than Oracle Arena, as the proposed capacity is 17,500 compared to the 19,596 that Oracle houses. As fans await the announcement of the architects that will be building the arena between piers 30 and 32, they have expressed concern over the amount of traffic, overcrowding, and lack of recreational space.
Although the means by which the arena will be built are far from set in stone, Warriors owner Joe Lacob has remained faithful and continues to advocate for his team’s relocation.
“We do believe that it’s the right thing to do for the Warriors,” Lacob told Sam Amick of USA Today Sports.
“It’s going to [change] the capabilities of our franchise in so many ways. It’s the right thing to do for the Bay Area. It’s the right thing to do for the city of San Francisco to have a facility like that that will be useful not only for basketball games but so many other events. The city doesn’t have that.”
As a whole, the Warriors fan base has echoed Lacob’s sentiments and has remained confident that the team will arrive in San Francisco without too many bumps on the road. Residents to the west of the Bay Bridge not only have a new basketball team and arena to look forward to, but also an area of entertainment that will likely host many events outside of basketball. This advantage, along with Golden State’s current success and the bright future that lies ahead of them, indicates that the Warriors will become a welcome addition to the diverse, decorated, and sports-crazy city of San Francisco.

“It’s definitely going to bring another aspect to San Francisco,” Lym said. “I mean, San Francisco is already fun enough as it is, but the stadium will bring more good restaurants and new shops, and it’ll make it even more fun to explore the city.”

Brian Burke’s Budget Cuts, Fall 2008

Five months ago you might have found me browsing around Moonflower Market, a local natural foods store in Moab, Utah. Chances are I’d have at least 3 organic avocados and a $6.00 carton of premium organic mint chocolate chip ice cream in my basket before I checked out. Or you might have caught me at Milt’s Stop ‘n’ Eat, a favorite Moab grubspot, dropping $12.00 on an organic, locally and humanely raised beef cheeseburger with fries and a banana malt milkshake. Those were the days for me… and my stomach.

Considering I hardly ever buy expensive new material things (thrift store sprees are definitely kosher), the biggest cutback I’ve made in response to the economic crisis is in food spending. Although each of my last two credit card bills documented 9 trips to Papalote, my grocery store runs have been less frequent and more cost-conscious. I’ve been buying predominantly locally and conventionally grown produce because it is the cheapest available, and that only applies to the kind of produce I’ve bought. My consumption of exotic produce has decreased sharply, and my normal take-home nowadays consists of onions, broccoli, zucchini, red & green peppers (yellow & orange are twice the price), mushrooms (which I buy in bulk, packaged ones are too pricey), Washington Honeycrisp apples, and organic bananas. Bananas are the only produce items of which I consistently buy the organic version. Also, I have bought one avocado since September. ONE. People that know me well may be shocked by this figure, but it is true. Paying 2-4 bucks for one fruit, one vegetable, whatever avocados really are, is just not up my alley anymore. Blueberries, blackberries, mangoes- those have been kissed goodbye. And routinely buying that rich, heavenly, creamy yet chillingly crisp premium mint chocolate chip– well, a New Yorker might just say fahgeddabout it. I haven’t been buying lower quality, I’ve just been eating less ice cream.

I’ve also saved money by spending less on event tickets, such as NBA games (usually my largest expenditure between November and April) and not-free concerts. So far I’ve only gone to one not-free concert this semester (Dave Matthews at the Greek Theater), and the ticket was a birthday present from my aunt. I’ve only been to two Warriors games this semester, an astonishingly low number considering my track record. I haven’t been buying cheaper, upper deck tickets, I’ve simply been buying fewer tickets.

Much of my recent penny pinching is the result of a significant life change that occurred at the beginning of this semester- my parents gave me complete control of my college fund. That money is now for me to do what I will with it: finish college or don’t, live in a nice apartment or live under a tarp in the Marin headlands (I’ve thought about it). These new choices have increased my awareness of my spending habits. The more I save now, the more I get to use for graduate school after USF. And that’s worth a little more than some delicious mint chocolate chip.

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