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NBA Warriors a Step Closer to New Arena

SAN FRANCISCO (CN) - The San Francisco Board of Supervisors voted unanimously Tuesday to support construction of a $1 billion arena for the Golden State Warriors in the Mission Bay neighborhood.

The 2015 NBA champions in October nailed down the plan to buy the 12 acres from Salesforce, for an 18,500-seat sports and entertainment complex to bring the team back to San Francisco. The team played in the city from 1962 to 1971.

Led by shooting guard Stephen Curry, the hottest team in professional sports plays at the Oracle Arena in Oakland. The Warriors are 23-0 this year, an NBA early season record. The San Francisco arena is expected to be ready for the 2018-2019 season.

The Board of Supervisors on Tuesday heard an appeal by the Mission Bay Alliance of the environmental impact report for the arena.

The coalition, created to oppose the arena because of its potential effects on the nearby UCSF children's hospital, claimed the environmental impact report did not adequately address how increased traffic and overlapping events at nearby AT&T Park would affect access to the hospital.

The alliance told supervisors that the environmental impact report "skirted around" traffic issues by "selectively presenting information."

Peter Albert, urban planning initiatives manager for the San Francisco Municipal Transportation Agency, said his the agency has designed a "local/hospital access plan" that will provide a strategy for transportation management and hospital access.

Albert and other supporters of the project persuaded the board despite public concerns about greenhouse gas emissions and terrorist attacks.

The vote approving the environmental impact report was 10-0, with newly sworn-in member Aaron Peskin recusing himself because he had not time to study the environmental study.

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