One day after an event arranged by a group supportive of the Warriors effort to build an arena in the Mission Bay district of San Francisco, the coalition vowing vociferous opposition is fighting back.
The Mission Bay Alliance, a group of wealthy University of California, San Francisco donors, citing “a coalition of world-class scientists,” issued a news release Thursday blasting the project, branding it a disaster for San Francisco.
The MBA, boasting signatures from 20 scientists, some of whom are members of the UCSF faculty, went a step further, crafting a letter urging Mayor Ed Lee to shut down the entire project.
Lee has thus far shown no such inclination, instead offering full support of the proposal that would put an 18,500-seat arena a few blocks south of AT&T Park and across the street from a UCSF medical center.
Another group, identifying itself as Warriors Ground SF, on Wednesday evening held a rally at which the team’s championship trophy was on display. Such events are part of the team’s ongoing efforts to solidify community validation.
Warriors Ground SF is aligned with the South Beach Mission Bay Business Association in support of the proposed arena.
Warriors team president and COO Rick Welts said earlier this week that the team has no plans to back away from the project, regardless of the wishes of the MBA.
“We’re going to get it done,” he said during a panel discussion sponsored by ChatSports.com in San Francisco.