OAKLAND -- The Warriors' future arena at Mission Bay and having to bid farewell to Oracle Arena may not have been on the top of the minds of fans who flocked to the first 2014 home playoff game Thursday, but they had plenty of opinions about it.
As the Warriors faced the Los Angeles Clippers in Game 3 of the series, San Francisco resident Scott Van Horn, 34, said he was downright disappointed that the prime waterfront option at Piers 30-32 did not materialize.
"I really thought it was going to be the most beautiful arena in the world," he said of the scrapped option. "But with all the anti-development stuff in San Francisco, I'm not surprised."
Transportation to a San Francisco venue was the main concern for San Jose resident Alan Hiura, 62.
"I don't know how crowded the area is going to be, but San Francisco can get very congested," he said, adding he will miss direct access from BART, which has a stop at the next-door O.Co Coliseum.
Costs associated with the team's new facility was a major factor for Dave Rodrigues, 59, of Union City, a season-ticket holder for two decades.
"We probably won't be able to afford it," he said. "They're probably looking for more of a corporate influence of fans instead of just the mom and pop."
For Hercules resident Dana Knight, 54, it was more about the move from Oakland to San Francisco, and not where the arena ended up being in The City.
"Part of me doesn't like it," she said. "But part of me is okay with it because they're going back where they came from."