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Warriors to break ground on new Mission Bay arena this month

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Chase Center, the Warriors’ highly anticipated waterfront arena in San Francisco, is on pace to open for the beginning of the 2019-20 NBA season. (Courtesy Chase Center)

The Golden State Warriors will break ground on the team’s highly anticipated new arena in Mission Bay this month, team officials announced Tuesday.

The announcement — which comes after an unsuccessful lawsuit and subsequent appeal sought to block construction of the arena in Mission Bay, where it will be located at Third and 16th streets, across the street from UC San Francisco’s three new hospitals and medical complex — is a major milestone for the project that has been in the planning stages for years.

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“We have been looking forward to this day since we first had the vision of building a privately financed state-of-the-art sports and entertainment complex in San Francisco are excited for what this will bring to the city of San Francisco and the entire Bay Area community,” Warriors President and CEO Rick Welts said in a statement.

“Chase Center and the surrounding area will serve as a destination for the entire community and we will continue to work to make sure it is the best experience possible for everyone to enjoy NBA basketball, concerts, family shows, conventions and more.”

Talks of building a Warriors arena in San Francisco began years ago when the team initially eyed Piers 30-32 as a possible location. But as the franchise readied itself for a long fight over the publicly owned site, a new property became available in spring 2014, just months shy of voters approving a proposition that requires additional scrutiny of waterfront projects.

That’s when Salesforce.com CEO Marc Benioff sold the Mission Bay site to the team.

In late 2015, the Board of Supervisors approved plans to build the arena in Mission Bay, across the street from the three new UC San Francisco hospitals. The project, which will be privately funded, also in 2015 received support from various city commissions.

Following approval by The City, a group of former UCSF officials filed a lawsuit alleging the arena will have devastating traffic impacts on the emergency services at the nearby hospitals.

UCSF, however, has endorsed the arena after city officials agreed to millions of dollars in transportation improvements, including more Muni light rail vehicles and traffic officers, with revenue from the arena.

After a court ruling that the project can move forward, the project received its first pre-construction permit in November 2016. The groundbreaking is scheduled for Jan. 17.

The 18,000-seat Chase Center, which will also include restaurants, cafes, offices, public plazas and a waterfront park, is scheduled to open for the start of the 2019-20 NBA season.

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