San Francisco rolls out red carpet for Warriors lunch event 

click to enlarge Warriors co-executive chairmen Joe Lacob, left, and Peter Guber appear at Monday's "Tip-Off Lunch" for the Golden State Warriros held at the San Francisco Marriot. - MIKE KOOZMIN/THE S.F. EXAMINER
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  • Warriors co-executive chairmen Joe Lacob, left, and Peter Guber appear at Monday's "Tip-Off Lunch" for the Golden State Warriros held at the San Francisco Marriot.

Cheerleaders, sports announcers, players and even Mayor Ed Lee were on hand Monday to "welcome the Golden State Warriors to San Francisco," where the team is trying to build a $1 billion waterfront arena in time to open the 2017-18 season.

The roughly 300 people at the Tip-off Lunch at a downtown hotel included a wide swath of the San Francisco business community, who ate while watching the Warriors' co-executive chairmen, Peter Guber and Joe Lacob, talk about the challenges they faced when they purchased the team three years ago and the hurdles they will have to jump to bring the team across the Bay from Oakland.

Those challenges include The City's planning process, opponents like former Mayor Art Agnos, neighbors and state regulators who have the final say on the project.

"Not everyone is going to agree," Lacob said of the privately financed project at Piers 30-32, which is currently a parking lot. "There's going to be some people who don't like it and we can't worry about that."

Lee, for his part, was all-in at the event, saying the arena will be nothing but a boon for The City, including fixing the site's aging piers.

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Jonah Owen Lamb

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Born and raised on a houseboat in Sausalito, Lamb has written for newspapers in New York City, Utah and the San Joaquin Valley. He was most recently an editor at the San Luis Obispo Tribune for nearly three years. He has written for The S.F. Examiner since 2013 and covers criminal justice and planning.
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