SAN FRANCISCO (KPIX 5) — A court ruling is clearing the way for the Golden State Warriors to move to San Francisco.
The court of appeals Tuesday upheld the team’s plan to build the Chase Center in Mission Bay.
The Warriors project would occupy 11 acres of the 303-acre Mission Bay redevelopment area on the city’s eastern shore along San Francisco Bay. The site also contains the new UCSF Medical Center.
The 18,000-seat arena would serve as a year-round concert and event center as well as the home of Warriors games. The project also includes two 11-story office and retail buildings.
The Mission Bay Alliance opposing the project is made up primarily of UCSF donors, doctors, faculty members and stakeholders, who claim the arena could create traffic gridlock blocking access to the university’s hospital.
The Warriors were pleased with the ruling.
“The Warriors have been the Bay area’s NBA team for the past 50 years plus, they want to be the NBA’s Bay Area team for the future, and this helps them do that. They’re going to be able to control their own destiny, build a beautiful sports and entertainment venue, state of the art, one of the true beacons here in the Bay Area,” Warriors Spokesperson P.J. Johnston said.