The Warriors' proposed 18,000-seat arena in Mission Bay sailed through the Board of Supervisors yesterday as an appeal of its Environmental Impact Report was denied. Opponents, who are joined together in a group called the Mission Bay Alliance, have stated that their next step is to examine legal options and "likely challenge the city's decision in the courts." On the other side, Mayor Ed Lee referred to the approval as a "huge win" for the city.
Before the vote, crowds of arena supporters gathered outside of the meeting to cheer on the project. However, many of the speakers who addressed the Board were against the arena, citing concerns about traffic. Despite the division in the crowd, the Board of Supervisors vote was unanimous in finding that plans for additional public transit and traffic control officers could handle the crowds. The big win came on the same day that the Warriors improved their record for the season to 23-0.