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Warriors' Lacob Confident In Fall '17 Timeline For Team's Relocation To S.F.

Lacob says moving to S.F. is the right thing for the Warriors, and the Bay Area
Warriors co-Owner Joe Lacob said that he hopes to have the team's move from Oakland to S.F. “completed by 2017," according to Sam Amick of USA TODAY. Lacob in a Q&A said, “It just unfortunately takes a lot of time to get a project like this going -- particularly in Northern California, and particularly in the city of San Francisco. It's complicated, and we have to do a lot of listening, and a lot of responding to various concerns and various elements in order to get something like this done. I don't think we could be doing any better.” He added, “We’ve got a mayor who’s very positive. ... Eighty percent of the people in San Francisco want to see this happen, from all of our polling. Two-thirds of these fans even think it's a good idea.” Lacob: “It's probably going to take another year and a half to get all the approvals, and then of course we'll have a period of construction and hopefully have this thing done on our timeline -- which is to be done in the fall of '17. But it's going to be a race to get it done.” He added, “There are opponents. I would be naïve to say that there are not. And some of them have legitimate concerns that we have to listen to and deal with and to try and make the project work for as many people as possible. ... 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” (USATODAY.com, 1/3).
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