The Golden State Warriors' new home in San Francisco has moved another step closer to becoming a reality.
San Francisco's commission on investment and infrastructure on Tuesday unanimously approved the billion-dollar privately funded project. The commission also took public comment prior to making its decision.
"This right here will bring more than just jobs," said Leroy Perry, a Dog Patch resident. "It'll bring comfort."
More than 30 people attended Tuesday's meeting and voiced their support, with three people in attendance opposing the project. Two of the three people who spoke against the new Warriors arena are lawyers from the Mission Bay Alliance, a well funded group of former UCSF administrators and donors.
One of the lawyers told the commission the environmental impact report for the project is flawed. The other lawyer handed over five big binders of objections to the project.
When asked about the turnout for the meeting, the lawyers brushed it off.
"This is one of many hearings that will be coming up," said Susan Brandt Hawley, attorney for Mission Bay Alliance.
Meanwhile, Warriors President Rick Weltz said he was delighted with the outcome.
"I think what we saw unfold here today really is very representative of the support the project has across the city," Weltz said.
Mayor Ed Lee also called Tuesday's decision a milestone on the path to the Warriors new arena.
Opponents of the project continue to insist they will fight it every step of the way.