We've already talked about this before a long time ago but I don't feel like digging it up.
Breaks my heart that they're leaving. You see what kind of environment the Oracle brings and you just have to question whether or not if the new SF arena will bring the same energy.
Venue Seating Capacity: 17,500. For reference, the capacity of Oracle Arena is 19,596
Also have to think about the cost of the tickets. New arena + fewer seating, you'd assume that ticket prices will be significantly higher. Will it be more difficult for your average Joe to attend a game? Will the environment become more "corporate"? Will the games be filled with more people with business suits entertaining their clients? Will we have more celebrities at the games and have the focus go from your enthusiastic fan to celebs like Spike Lee, Billy Crystal, and Jack Nicholson?
Parking Spaces: approximately 630. Piers 30-32 currently parks 1,500 cars
This is joke. It really is. For comparison, Oracle has 10,000 spaces. Driving to the games is no longer an option. Taking the Bart is the only way to get to the game. Geographically, it'll be more convenient for people in SF and people in SF only. You look at a map and you start to wonder whether or not if people from Livermore, Walnut Creek, Concord, San Ramon, Fremont, Union City, or just people from the greater east bay area will attend the games anymore. Sure you can take the Bart, but with games starting at 7:30 and ending at 10:00, you wonder how much longer it would take from them to get home, especially on those work/business days.
You also have to think about people from South San Francisco, San Mateo, and the South Bay as well. Sure, the distance between them and the arena gets closer, but you're not on the bart line and do you really want to drive into the parking dilemma that is San Francisco?
Ughhh. I'm sad.
I would've loved for them to build an arena in the Jack London area. That could revive the entire fukking city!