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The Warriors are primed to leave Oracle Arena in Oakland in a few years and move into a new arena in the Mission Bay neighbohood in San Francisco.
Team officials have been targeting the 2018-19 season as the first in the new 18,000 seat arena, despite the fact that construction hasn't begun.
But owner Joe Lacob believes they can beat that goal.
According to the Bay Area News Group, he upped the ante while speaking at the Western Association of Venture Capitalists/National Venture Capital Association luncheon on Wednesday.
"We're going to put a shovel in the ground, assuming the bureaucrats don't slow us down any more, next summer. And it'll be built in 24 months. We've hired the contractors already, and we'll open hopefully in fall of '17. We told the world fall of '18. We're trying to move it up to fall of '17, and it's a real possibility we could do that," Lacob said at the event on Wednesday.
In April, the Warriors reached terms with Salesforce.com to purchase the land to be used for the new arena.
"It was expensive as heck, so we had to see if we could get it," Lacob said. "We are paying a pretty penny . . . but we think it's going to be worth it. We think it’s still going to be very, very good," Lacob told CSNBayArea.com in April.
"It's got a lot of advantages. And I think it's very doable. And that become a reality that we had to deal with," Lacob said.