The proposed Warriors arena in San Francisco’s Mission Bay cleared another hurdle Tuesday.
The city’s Board of Supervisors denied an appeal of the Environmental Impact Report for the 18,000-seat arena. Opponents now have 30 days to take legal action.
"The Mission Bay Alliance is disappointed with the city's rubber-stamp, damn-the-public process at all costs approach to its approval of the ill-conceived and dangerous Warriors Mission Bay proposal," Mission Bay Alliance spokesman Sam Singer said in a statement. "We will look at our legal options and likely challenge the city's decision in the courts."
San Francisco Mayor Ed Lee called Tuesday's decision a "huge win" for the city.
"I thank the Board of Supervisors for approving this important project which will benefit San Franciscans for generations," Lee said in a statement. "The Warriors are inspiring a new generation of fans throughout the Bay Area. I can’t wait to welcome them home to San Francisco."
Prior to and outside of the board's meeting it sounded a bit like a pre-game rally as supporters — including union members who were enthused about the potential for 2,000 new construction jobs — cheered on the privately financed project.
To that, Rudy Corpuz, who supports the arena, added: "We are the community. We’re here today because we stand with the Warriors and we want to see this project become a reality in San Francisco."
Meanwhile, 90 speakers lined up to address the supervisors prior to a vote – many of whom were vehemently against the project. Like them, members of the Mission Bay Alliance are concerned about the worsening traffic congestion in the area.
NBC Bay Area's Jean Elle contributed to this report.