According to a report, the Golden State Warriors are going to be looking for input from fans on the possibility of a name change to coincide with their planned move to a new arena in the Mission Bay district in 2018.
ESPN.com reported that the franchise has no intention of changing the Warriors name which has been in place since the franchise was a charter member of the NBA’s predecessor, the Basketball Association of America, in 1946, when it was based in Philadelphia.
But after moving to the Bay Area in 1962, the Warriors were known as the San Francisco Warriors from 1962-71 and with a move back to The City could consider a re-adoption of that name.
“We’re very curious what our fans think of that,” Warriors president and CEO Rick Welts said. “I couldn’t imagine making that decision in the very near future, but we definitely want to see what our fans prefer.”
The Warriors scrapped their plans to build a new arena on the San Francisco Bay and announced the purchase of a 12-acre parcel in Mission Bay, where the team plans to develop a privately financed arena, along with a practice facility and team offices.
I understand the discussion of a name change, I just don’t think it’s necessary. The Warriors adopted a regional name upon beginning their move to Oakland for the 1971-72 season and the Golden State Warriors—unlike the San Francisco Warriors—is now a brand with more than 40 years of history in the Bay Area and nationally.
If the team really wants to make a change to more accurately capture the regional flavor of the franchise, maybe the Golden Gate Warriors is an idea. Considering there are three other teams in the Golden State—the Sacramento Kings and those two teams down south, maybe it’s a bit presumptuous to take on a name that represents the entirety of California.
But the Golden Gate Warriors wouldn’t be a huge transition from the current name, it wouldn’t be choosing sides after a move that is a source of sadness for a lot of people in Oakland and Alameda County and—I mean, just look at the logo—would capture the region to perfection.
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