Update on Warriors Stadium in Mission Bay
Dec. 6, 2015
The proposed building of the Golden Gate Warrior’s new stadium within Mission Bay in San Francisco has become a local media sensation, especially given the Warrior’s win of the 2015 NBA World Championship and their continued winning streak. As Mission Bay is considered the home of our life sciences cluster in the City, the sector has become part of the debate on the building of the new stadium.
The Warriors have hoped for years to move from their current Oakland home to a new stadium in San Francisco. The team has spent much of this year seeking land in Mission Bay to realize that dream. While City Hall’s various political factions, and the public, have been highly supportive of the basketball team’s move to Mission Bay, a group opposed to the building of it in Mission Bay was formed, calling itself the “Mission Bay Alliance.” The Alliance often raised concerns around the future of the life sciences in San Francisco.
However, CLSA and a group of member companies in Mission Bay have been engaged in ongoing talks with the Warriors and City Hall ever since the stadium was first proposed nearly two years ago. In late Oct., CLSA signed a joint letter with many of our Mission Bay companies that was sent to the Warriors and City Hall. The letter supported the concept of the arena and its plans for Mission Bay. It also recognized the continued constructive civic conversations on the impact of the stadium to the neighborhood. Throughout the latter months of 2015, the Warriors plans have been unanimously passed by numerous City commissions and oversight bodies while the Alliance has lost steam. The 11 Members of the San Francisco Board of Supervisors are expected to overwhelmingly vote in support of the Warriors stadium plans before the end of the year.
CLSA continues to engage with City Hall in managing the growth and success of the Mission Bay neighborhood as a whole. For questions, please contact Reese Isbell, CLSA’s Associate Director of Government Relations (firstname.lastname@example.org).