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FOR PLAYERS ONLY: WARRIORS BAR PUBLIC FROM PRACTICE FACILITY
Published October 23, 1997
Oakland City Council members "were shocked to learn" that the public "will not have access to the Warriors' two- week-old training facility," even though the city paid $1M of the center's $7M construction costs, according to Stacey Wells of the OAKLAND TRIBUNE. Council members say that they thought the city's financial contribution "was in exchange for use" of the facility for youth basketball events and "to ease overcrowding at the adjacent Oakland Convention Center." But Warriors spokesperson Eric McDowell said, "Right now the only accessibility is for the basketball staff and training." Wells: "At this point, it's unclear whether the basketball team has broken its promise to the city or if officials misinterpreted the pledge" (Stacey Wells, OAKLAND TRIBUNE, 10/22).