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America's Cup: San Francisco Hosts the America's Cup Finals

America's Cup:  San Francisco Hosts the Louis Vuitton Cup Finals

San Francisco plays host to the 34th America’s Cup in an exciting Summer of Racing on San Francisco Bay. The 2013 America’s Cup Finals are scheduled for September 7-21.

The 34th edition of the America’s Cup marks a transformation for the oldest trophy in international sport as new boats, cutting-edge technology, and a close-to-shore venue mean that this summer’s America’s Cup will be unlike anything that’s preceded it. The 2013 America’s Cup features notable firsts:

  • First time racing is inshore not offshore
  • First time all teams are racing wing sail catamarans
  • First time the AC72 “50 mph flying boats” foil above the water
  • First time there is a new pathway series for youth sailors, the Red Bull Youth America’s Cup
  • First time the America’s Cup has been held in the United States since 1995

The competition consists of the best-of 17 series of final races. For a complete schedule of races visit the America's Cup Race Schedule page: http://www.americascup.com/en/schedules/races

After 17 races, Oracle Team USA, twice down by seven wins in the series, rallied to win the finals 9-8 in the longest final series in the Cup's 162-year history.

For more information on the Oracle Team USA win, visit the America's Cup website.


America's Cup: San Francisco Welcomes the Vuitton Cup Competition

America's Cup: San Francisco Welcomes the Vuitton Cup CompetitionThe Louis Vuitton Cup, the America’s Cup Challenger Series, is used as the selection series to determine who will race the Defender in the America’s Cup Finals. Scheduled for July 4 – September 1, 2013 on the San Francisco Bay, the Louis Vuitton Cup will see challengers from around the globe battle each other in a knockout series for the opportunity to compete for the America’s Cup.

Significantly, 2013 marks the 30th anniversary of the first Louis Vuitton Cup, which took place in Newport, Rhode Island in 1983. It was an auspicious debut, as the winner of the first Louis Vuitton Cup, Australia II, went on to become the first challenger in the 132-history of the America’s Cup to beat the defender and take the Cup from the United States. Read more.


Super Bowl: Mayor Announces Bay Area to host Super Bowl 50

Super Bowl: Mayor & Bay Area Leaders Submit Bid to Host Super BowlMayor Edwin M. Lee today celebrated the successful bid to host Super Bowl 50 in 2016 in the San Francisco Bay Area in partnership with the San Francisco 49ers and the Super Bowl Bid Committee.

The successful bid was delivered today to the National Football League (NFL) by Tipping Point CEO and Founder Daniel Lurie and San Francisco 49ers Owner Jed York in a live pitch to 32 NFL owners in Boston. 

The 2016 Super Bowl game will be held at the new Levi's Stadium in Santa Clara and will bring hundreds of millions of dollars in economic impact to the entire Bay Area. Read more.


Clean SF: Mayor and S.F. Giants Launch Anti-Litter Campaign

MayorToday Mayor Edwin M. Lee and the World Champion San Francisco Giants launched Giant Sweep, a Citywide anti-litter campaign that partners with local schools, residents, businesses and community groups to keep San Francisco clean and beautiful. The campaign involves hands-on activities teaming City workers with community volunteers to pick up litter and a major educational component encompassing classroom curriculum and a public information campaign.

“It’s going to take a team effort to keep our City world-class, clean and green,” said Mayor Lee. “We want to create a culture of clean so that everyone from young to old can embrace their role as a City steward and reject the idea that it’s okay to litter. We all need to join the team to keep SF clean.” Read More.


Super Bowl XLVII: Mayor Declares "Red & Gold" Week in San Francisco

Super Bowl XLVII: Mayor Declares “Red & Gold” Week in San FranciscoToday Mayor Edwin M. Lee declared "Red & Gold" Week in San Francisco, encouraging fans and local businesses to show their 49ers pride for this weekend's Super Bowl by wearing Red & Gold or displaying signs, flags or any form of support for the hometown team. The San Francisco 49ers will play the Baltimore Ravens in New Orleans at 3:30pm Pacific on Sunday, February 3rd. This is the sixth time the 49ers have played in the Super Bowl, and the first appearance since the 1994 season. 

"By winning the NFC Championship and advancing to the Super Bowl, the San Francisco 49ers have done what no other Niners team has done in nearly two decades," said Mayor Lee. "Let's show our Red & Gold Niners pride in our schools, our businesses and our homes to celebrate the culmination of their 'Quest for Six' and cheer them on as they work to bring another Vince Lombard Trophy back to the San Francisco Bay Area. Go Niners!" Read more.