SAN FRANCISCO (CBS SF) — A lawsuit has been filed to block development of a new Warriors arena in San Francisco by the mother of a six-year-old boy with a severe heart condition over fears traffic from the stadium would block access to UCSF Children’s Hospital.

Jennifer Wade, mother of Magnus, along with the Mission Bay Alliance filed the lawsuit Thursday.

“It’s going to be really a traffic nightmare, maybe not all the time but certainly sometimes. And the thing about medical emergencies is that they happen 365 days a year 24 hours a day,” Wade said.

The alliance—which describes itself as a group of UCSF stakeholders, donors, faculty and physicians—has repeatedly objected to the site for the proposed arena at 16th and Third streets, directly across the street from the UCSF campus, on the grounds that it will create impenetrable traffic around the hospital.

“We’ve gotten unanimous votes at every board and commission we’ve gone before,” PJ Johnston, spokesperson for the Warriors said Thursday, adding that “UCSF has taken a look at this, they’ve worked with the Warriors, they’ve worked with the city, and they’ve developed a plan that ensures that every emergency vehicle, every patient, every visitor to the hospital is going to have unencumbered access to that hospital.”

 

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