When the Golden State Warriors leave Oakland for San Francisco at the end of this season, Oracle Arena’s lights won’t go off forever.
Although the Warriors will be gone, Oracle will continue to host concerts, events and other sporting events, like high school and college games. That’s the short-term plan. Long term, there are more questions.
The stadium is tied up with the Oakland Coliseum, home (for now) of the Oakland A’s. The 135-acre Coliseum site has had a number of proposals over the past few years as the A’s planned and re-planned their exit from the area. In most of the proposals, the Coliseum is torn down and the area is redeveloped for residential and commercial use.
“The arena sits on 135 acres — that is one of the most valuable pieces of real estate in the Bay Area,” Oakland mayor Libby Schaaf said in 2017. “We can’t have a piecemeal decision — and it has to be done with the community by our side every step of the way.”
The plans have Oracle Arena staying in place as a concert and event venue.
But that’s all contingent on the A’s actually getting a new stadium. They’ve got a plan to move to Howard Terminal, but financial negotiations with the port are still ongoing. The team hopes to begin construction in time to open their new stadium for the 2023 season.
The Warriors will kick off the 2019-20 season at Chase Center in San Francisco’s Mission Bay. The 18,000-seat arena hosts its first event on Sept. 6, when Metallica and the San Francisco Symphony perform.