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Warriors set to start building Mission Bay arena on Jan. 17

Wednesday, January 4, 2017   (0 Comments)

Construction will begin on the Warriors’ new Mission Bay arena Jan. 17. It’s the final major step in returning the NBA team to San Francisco beginning with the 2019-20 season.

The groundbreaking of the basketball and entertainment venue, to be called the Chase Center, will take place at noon at Third and 16th streets. Warriors head coach Steve Kerr, All-Star forward Kevin Durant, President Rick Welts, owners Joe Lacob and Peter Guber, and Mayor Ed Lee will attend. It will be broadcast live on CSN Bay Area and streamed at www.chasecenter.com and www.csnbayarea.com.

Lee made the 18,500-seat arena one of his top priorities, calling it his “legacy project” when it was first proposed for Piers 30-32 on the Embarcadero south of the Bay Bridge. But after that location fell to widespread opposition — much of it concern about blocked views — the team purchased a parcel of land that had been intended for a new Salesforce office campus at Mission Bay.

That didn’t stop the opposition, as a well-funded group calling itself the Mission Bay Alliance was formed to fight it. The group described itself as UCSF researchers, faculty and stakeholders, although its financial backing largely came from donors to the school.

The alliance, as well as the Sierra Club and others, cited concerns about traffic restricting access to the nearby UCSF-Mission Bay hospital.

For the past year, the project had been tied up in litigation, but in late November a state court of appeals rejected a lawsuit by the opponents.

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