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BAY AREA BATTLE OVER WARRIORS' HOME
Published October 12, 1994
Cable TV entrepreneur Christopher Cohan's purchase of the Warriors last weekend renewed discussion of a proposed entertainment district in San Francisco to include a basketball arena and a new Giants ballpark. Giants Exec VP Larry Baer said the plan won't be revealed for six months to a year, since the Warriors' participation is "up in the air." The Giants will continue "with or without the Warriors," but Baer said the two teams would make a "powerful combination." Jim Lazurus, stadium/arena point man for S.F. Mayor Frank Jordan, will try to meet with Cohan this week. Lazarus said while there's a "good chance" the complex will be built without the Warriors, another arena makes it "stronger." The "city within The City" plan also calls for music and TV studios and virtual reality exhibits. Baer promised as much private financing "as possible" (Stone & Tanaka, S.F. EXAMINER, 10/12). OAKLAND REBUTTAL: Oakland officials are rallying to keep the Warriors by presenting an arena plan near the Coliseum. Oakland Mayor Elihu Harris "said he was certain the team" would stay, and Oakland-Alameda County Coliseum President George Vukasin plans to meet with Cohan "soon." (Stone & Tanaka, S.F. EXAMINER, 10/12). Oakland's "shaky hold" on its pro sports teams is becoming an issue in the mayoral election. Harris' challenger, Ted Dang, said he would "pay close personal attention" to the Warrior and the A's, calling the Warriors a "thriving business" and a "strong market" for bond financing (S.F. CHRONICLE, 10/11). COHAN SPEAKS: Chris Cohan said he has "absolutely no preconceived ideas" about where a new arena should be built. Cohan added that his "top priority" is building a new facility but he still does "not have all the information, all the options" (S.F. CHRONICLE, 10/11).