It should come as little to no surprise that the Warriors have claimed another victory in their attempt to move from Oakland to San Francisco’s Mission Bay. And this last battle was the final one they needed to clinch it.
On Tuesday, according to the Chronicle, “[A] state appeals court upheld the city’s plan to manage increased traffic congestion and said the project would not impede access to a nearby hospital or damage the environment.”
This means that the Chase Center, as it shall be christened, could expect to open the 2019-20 season down at Third and 16th Streets.
Opponents of the arena’s construction, which include the Mission Bay Alliance and SaveMuni, did score one victory in July to get the project delayed. (Insert your own 3-1 joke here.) They argued, among other things, that the arena was in violation of environmental laws and that access to the nearby UCSF children’s hospital could be hampered. But in the end, a shiny new 18,500-seat center proved too irresistible.
“We’re very pleased with the Court of Appeal’s thoughtful and comprehensive ruling,” City Attorney Dennis Herrera said in the statement. “This event center is an important civic priority that has been thoroughly scrutinized and has won overwhelming support every step of the way.”
It’s nice to see the Warriors win again in the final hour.
Although work on the area has begun, the official groundbreaking could happen soon. Taking up eleven acres, the Chase Center will feature restaurants, cafes, offices, public plazas, and more.
Update: The Mission Bay Alliance has responded with the following statement: “The Mission Bay Alliance, Jennifer Wade, and SaveMuni are deeply disappointed with today’s court ruling. Our legal team is reviewing the ruling and considering options. We believe that the proposed Warriors’ arena is incompatible with the Mission Bay South neighborhood and would result in blocked access to UCSF hospitals, dangerous air pollution, and traffic gridlock throughout the community.”
Video of the proposed arena:
- Now former California governor Pete Wilson will fight SF Warriors arena [Curbed SF]
- Opponents Appeal Golden State Warriors’ Arena Victory [Curbed SF]
- Appeals court upholds plan to build Warriors arena in Mission Bay [SF Examiner]
- Warriors arena construction could start any day, but it won't [Curbed SF]