30 posts categorized "Sports"


America's Cup: Board of Supervisors Unanimously Approves Project

Board of Supervisors Unanimously Approves ProjectMayor Edwin M. Lee today issued the following statement on the Board of Supervisors unanimous approval of the Lease and Disposition Agreement for the 34th America’s Cup events in San Francisco in 2012 and 2013, which calls for $20 million in infrastructure improvements to the waterfront by the Port of San Francisco and finalizes the venues and mitigation costs of the events:

“I applaud the Board of Supervisors for their unanimous support of the 34th America’s agreement, which will bring new jobs, international visitor spending and long-overdue waterfront improvements to our City.

I also want to thank and congratulate the America’s Cup Event Authority and the America’s Cup Organizing Committee for their partnership, hard work and steadfast commitment to San Francisco throughout this process. The America’s Cup races on San Francisco Bay later this year and in 2013 will be spectacular, bringing a global television spotlight to our beautiful Bay and to the many attractions of our wonderful City. The approvals are now in place. Let the preparations for the America’s Cup begin!”


America's Cup: Mayor Announces Venue Plan for America's Cup

America's Cup: Mayor Announces Venue Plan for America's CupMayor Edwin M. Lee and the America’s Cup Event Authority (ACEA) announced today a consolidated venue plan for the 34th America's Cup, removing Piers 30-32 for use during the America's Cup events, consolidating all racing teams at Pier 80 and build a race village at
Pier 27-29.

"We are excited to host the 34th America's Cup, one of the world's greatest international sporting events, in San Francisco and benefit from the jobs and economic impacts that come with it," said Mayor Lee. "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." Read more.


Sunday Streets: Mayor Announces Return of Sunday Streets

Mayor Announces Return of Sunday StreetsMayor Edwin M. Lee today announced the return of the popular Sunday Streets program with a full schedule of car-free events starting Sunday, March 11th, along the Embarcadero. The eight-month Sunday Streets 2012 season opens streets to pedestrians, cyclists and people-powered wheels of all kinds by temporarily removing vehicular traffic on select Sundays, transforming street-space usually reserved for cars into recreational space for everyone to enjoy safely.

“Sunday Streets not only showcases San Francisco’s commitment to sustainability and innovation, it is a proven cost-effective way to better health for San Franciscans,” said Mayor Lee. “We’re committed to ensuring the program’s continued growth and success in 2012 and beyond. We look forward to returning to Chinatown, doing a more frequent Mission route, and adding a new route in the Southwest neighborhoods of our City to bring the benefits of Sunday Streets to more San Francisco neighborhoods.” Read more.


America's Cup: Mayor Announces Project Agreement

America's Cup: Mayor Announces Project AgreementToday Mayor Edwin M. Lee joined with executives from the America’s Cup Event Authority to announce details of the Project Agreement for the 34thAmerica’s Cup to be held in San Francisco in 2013.

"This agreement represents an unprecedented investment into our waterfront, generating thousands of jobs and allowing for a major international sporting event to be held in our Bay's natural amphitheater," said Mayor Lee. "The agreement also accelerates key infrastructure improvements such as the James R. Herman Cruise Terminal and protects open water views from Rincon Park for the public." Read more.


Congress Approves 34th America's Cup Bill

Congress Approves 34th America's Cup BillAmerica’s Cup Act of 2011 Creates Jobs & Boosts Local Economy

Mayor Edwin M. Lee today announced that the America’s Cup Act to facilitate hosting the 34th America’s Cup by authorizing certain eligible vesselsto participate in the events has passed the U.S. House of Representatives after passing the U.S. Senate earlier this month. The America’s Cup Act is currently on the way to President Barack Obama’s desk for signature.

“This is a major milestone in our efforts to host the 34th America’s Cup and bring the excitement of this world wide competitive event here to San Francisco,” said Mayor Lee. “I am thankful for the bipartisan support of this bill in Congress and for the strong stewardship of House Democratic Leader Pelosi and Senators Feinstein and Boxer in securing passage of the America’s Cup Act that will create jobs and boost our local economy at this critical time.”