SAN FRANCISCO—The First District Court of Appeal voted in favor of the Golden State Warriors brining the team back to San Francisco on Tuesday, November 29.
After the courts ruling Warriors’ President and COO, Rick Welt released the following statement via Twitter:
“We’re very pleased by the Appellate Court’s ruling. We engaged in an extensive public planning process and we were approved by every board, agency and regulatory body we went before. Now our project has been upheld by the trial court and the court of appeals. This decision clears the path for us to build a new state-of-the art sports and entertainment venue and bring the Warriors back home to San Francisco. We look forward to breaking ground soon.”
Delays on the construction of the state-of-the-art arena were made when Mission Bay Alliance, which consists of former University of California, San Francisco doctors and donors filed a lawsuit against this project in June. The organization the new site will impact the Environmental Impact Report (EIR) of the area with the rise of air pollution because of traffic, and would block access to UCSF hospital.
The courts appeal concluded that the project will meet all the requirements of the EIR.
San Francisco City Attorney Dennis Herrera stated:
“It shows that a rigorous environmental review was conducted. Both the trial court and the appellate court have affirmed that convincingly. We’re confident the environmental review and approval process for this project will withstand any legal challenges. This event center is an important civic priority that has been thoroughly scrutinized and has won overwhelming support every step of the way.”
The Golden State Warriors who have been in Oakland since 1971, will relocate to the Chase Center located at Third and 16th Street, with pre-construction beginning. The 18,000 seat-arena will include retail buildings and offices in the project.
The Warriors are expected to play at their new home starting in the 2019-2020 NBA season.