For two years, Golden State Warriors officials said they were committed to building a new arena on San Francisco’s waterfront at Piers 30-32. But a phone call from Salesforce CEO Marc Benioff changed all that.

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About six weeks ago Benioff, whose cloud computing company owns several acres in Mission Bay, reached out to Warriors co-owner Joe Lacob. “He said, ‘We have this 12-acre site we think would be a good site for the Warriors, but we are about to put it on the market,’” said Rick Welts, the Warriors president who is overseeing the team’s proposed move from Oakland. via How the Warriors-Salesforce deal came together – San Francisco Business Times.