In their bid to open their new Mission Bay arena for the start of the 2019-20 NBA season, the Golden State Warriors are expecting a legal decision that could come as soon as Friday.
San Francisco Superior Court Judge Garrett Wong is expected to decide on a case over the arena environmental review process filed by the Mission Bay Alliance -- the group opposing the proposed $1 billion development.
Meanwhile, the Mission Bay Alliance's consulting team is in flux. The group's PR firm, Singer & Associates, quit this week, a team source confirmed after the news was first reported by the San Francisco Business Times. And it is now working with legal firm Browne George Ross LLP after Boies, Schiller & Flexner LLP left the case in April, according to the website.
The lawsuit in question played a hand in the team's decision to delay the arena's planned open date one year to the fall of 2019, the San Francisco Business Times also reported.
Even if the judge rules in favor of the Warriors, there are still a number of hurdles to clear before the team can break ground on a new arena.