When the Warriors first announced plans to build a new arena in Mission Bay, opposition was minimal, especially compared to the outcry over their previous plans for the waterfront. That didn't last long. A group calling themselves the Mission Bay Alliance formed to oppose the plans. Their primary concerns were around traffic impeding the access to the UCSF medical campus at Mission Bay. Yesterday, UCSF officially endorsed the arena based on an agreement that would provide a $10 million annual fund to improve transportation and a "special circumstances cap" that would go into effect when events at the Warriors' arena and nearby AT&T Park overlap.
The transportation fund would be financed by revenue generated by the arena and could include money for new light rail cars, expanded light rail platforms, and traffic control officers. Despite UCSF's endorsement, the Mission Bay Alliance immediately issued a statement against the plans and threatened to sue. The Warriors plan to open a Mission Bay sales office in January to allow fans to shop for season tickets and see where their seats would be located.
· Warriors, UCSF, City Score Potential Game-Winning Deal for Mission Bay Arena [San Francisco Business Times]
· Previous Coverage of the Warriors' Arena [Curbed SF]