Major Milestone in Effort to Host Only Major International Sporting Event Coming to U.S. in Next Decade, Brings More than 8,000 Jobs & World’s Attention on San Francisco
— Mayor Edwin M. Lee today announced the issuance of the Comments and Responses to the Draft Environmental Impact Report (EIR) for the America’s Cup Events in San Francisco in 2012 and 2013 and the associated construction of the James R. Herman Cruise Terminal at Pier 27 by the Port of San Francisco.
“The completion of the EIR in such a timely and transparent manner is a testament to the hard work by the City and its partners, the America’s Cup Event Authority, America’s Cup Race Management and the America’s Cup Organizing Committee,” said Mayor Lee. “The community input we received was garnered through more than 235 comments on the Draft EIR and at almost 100 outreach meetings, and this information is key to ensuring that the 34th America’s Cup will be the most sustainable, exciting and financially sound series of events in San Francisco history.”
Studies have put the economic impact to San Francisco from the 34th America’s Cup events in 2012 and 2013 at more than $1 billion, including spending and jobs across the visitor and hospitality, construction and transportation industries.
“We appreciate hearing from the thousands of San Franciscans who have shared their voice, and in turn, have helped us to develop plans that reflect the values of the City.” said Iain Murray, America’s Cup Race Management CEO and Regatta Director. “We are committed to showcasing the Bay Area on the world stage as a model sporting event, and thank our partners at the City and the Port for sharing that commitment.”
The comments and responses document, as well as the Draft EIR, is available on the Planning Department website at http://www.sf-planning.org/index.aspx?page=1828. The Planning Commission will hold a hearing on certification of the Final EIR (the Draft EIR and Comments and Responses) at its December 15, 2011 meeting.
“The speed and breadth of this environmental review process is a testimony to the importance that these events will have on San Francisco’s future as a world-class city,” said America’s Cup Organizing Committee Chairman Mark Buell. “I applaud City staff and our partners at the America’s Cup Event Authority and America’s Cup Race Management for conducting a transparent and open process that will be reflected in the events as well as the legacy projects for San Francisco.”
The America’s Cup World Series races will be held in San Francisco from August 11 – 19 and August 27 – September 2, 2012. The Louis Vuitton Cup, the America’s Cup Challenger Series, will be held in San Francisco from July 4 – September 1, 2013 and the America’s Cup Finals will be held September 7 – 22, 2013.
“The James R. Herman Cruise Terminal at Pier 27 allows the Port to provide a gateway to San Francisco for cruise passengers befitting of the City’s prominence as a world class destination,” said Port of San Francisco Director Monique Moyer. “The synergy of this new international terminal with the world’s top sailing race brings an unprecedented cadre of local and global visitors to the waterfront for the benefit of City and Port establishments, entrepreneurs and maritime affiliates.”
About the America’s Cup
One hundred and sixty years old, the America’s Cup is the oldest trophy in international sport. The America’s Cup has evolved into one of the world's leading sporting competitions – featuring the best sailors on the world’s fastest boats, the wing-sailed AC45 and AC72 catamarans. The inaugural America’s Cup World Series season runs August 2011 – July 2012. In the summer of 2013, the 34th America’s Cup begins with the Louis Vuitton Cup July 4-September 1, followed by the America’s Cup Finals September 7-22. For more information, go to: www.americascup.com