SAN FRANCISCO-Golden State Warriors can now began building a new stadium in the Mission Bay neighborhood. On Monday, Supreme Court Judge Garrett Wong has approved the city’s environmental review and the approval process. The Golden State Warriors will build a new stadium in San Francisco. The judge has the rejected claims from lawsuits filed in December and January by the Mission Bay Alliance challenging the city's environmental review and approval process for the event center and mixed-use development at 16th and Third streets, according to KTVU.
A statement was released by Mayor Ed Lee who was pleased with the Supreme Court’s decision.
“Today’s Superior Court decision today is an important milestone in the process of bringing the Golden State Warriors back to San Francisco and to building a state-of-the-art entertainment venue the entire San Francisco Bay Area can be proud of,” Lee said.
The mayor believes that the judge’s decision helps the Planning Department, the Office of Community Investment and Infrastructure, the City Attorney’s Office, the University of California San Francisco and the community on the work they have done over the last two years.
City Attorney Dennis Herrera released a statement and indicated that "The Warriors project is an important civic priority for San Francisco, and I am grateful that the court affirmed the city's efforts to complete an exhaustive environmental review and planning process, and to successfully win widespread public support. Herrera added that "The fact is that this worthwhile project has been thoroughly scrutinized under the law, and it has won overwhelming support every step of the way, from all parts of San Francisco — including its neighbors. I hope that the decision becomes final soon so that the much-awaited construction of the project can begin."
The new stadium will have 18,000 seats, be used as a concert venue and includes office space.
Mayor Ed Lee spoke to KTVU and indicated that the ruling validated the city's environmental review process.
"The Warriors are inspiring a new generation of fans throughout the Bay Area, and I can't wait to welcome them back home to San Francisco,"
Golden State Warriors President and COO Rick Welts release a statement which read “We're very pleased by the court's ruling," Warriors president Rick Welts said in a statement. "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 court. We look forward to breaking ground soon."