In the seemingly endless soap opera that is bringing the America’s Cup to San Francisco, Mayor Ed Lee and the America’s Cup Event Authority announced a consolidated venue plan on Monday that doesn’t include Piers 30-32.
The new plan calls for all race teams to be headquartered at Pier 80 with a race village at Pier 27-29.
“This consolidated venue plan with the teams at Pier 80 will ensure we are ready for races this year and in 2013 and brings new investment and improvements to our City’s Southern waterfront,” said Mayor Lee.
The development at Pier 80 is expected to bring millions of dollars in improvements to the Dogpatch and Bayview areas while also creating numerous job opportunities. Oracle CEO Larry Ellison, whose team will be defending the America’s Cup in 2013, has already spent a couple of million dollars renovating Pier 80, where he is building his catamaran for the race.
The San Francisco Board of Supervisors was scheduled to vote on the contract between race organizers and the city on Tuesday, but that has been pushed back as the contract has to be redrafted with the new plans in place.
The America’s Cup World Series races would take place this summer (August) in San Francisco with the America’s Cup Finals scheduled for September of 2013.
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