After hours of testimony regarding the safety and traffic ramifications that the new arena could bring to the Mission Bay neighborhood, a unanimous 10–0 vote was eventually achieved in favor of the 18,500-seat, $1 billion structure.
San Francisco mayor Ed Lee called the vote “a huge win for San Francisco.”
Despite the vote, the Mission Bay Alliance, which is composed of University of California, San Francisco donors, says it will file a lawsuit to prevent the creation of the arena. The alliance is opposed to the new structure because of the life-threatening impact it could potentially have by hindering people who are attempting to reach UCSF hospitals.
The Warriors, who played in San Francisco from 1962 to ’71, hope to be able to open the 2018–19 season in the new arena. The Warriors currently play in Oracle Arena in Oakland, Calif.