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America’s Cup Expecting Up to 250,000 – 500,000 Daily Spectators

The Notice of Preparation of an Environmental Impact Report has been released for the America’s Cup 34 capital improvements needed for the 2012 and 2013 races on the Bay. At the NEWAG meeting last night, Jonathan said they hope to finish off the EIR by October 2011 and start demolition/construction in January 2012. That’s VERY ambitious for San Francisco, but we’ll have to see….

From Notice of Preparation of EIR for AC34

The public scoping meetings happen on February 23rd from 6:30 p.m. until 8:30 p.m. in Room 250 at City Hall and on February 24th from 6:30 p.m. until 8:30 p.m. at the Port of San Francisco’s office at Pier 1. Since I’m pretty sure they will be overflowing with commenters at those meetings, I’d suggest that you mail or deliver your comments for the scope of the EIR study to Bill Wycko, San Francisco Planning Department, 1650 Mission Street, Suite 400, San Francisco, CA 94103 by 5:00 p.m. on March 11, 2011.

From the Notice of Preparation of an EIR:

The races and America’s Cup Village events would be major attractions for local and Bay Area residents, and visitors from around the world. The Event Authority has preliminary visitor projections that the America’s Cup Village could attract 50,000 to 100,000 visitors over the course of a weekend or final race event day, and slightly lower projections for weekday race event days. Preliminary projections for visitors attracted to The Embarcadero waterfront, and designated spectator areas managed by the Event Authority would range from 100,000‐250,000 on weekday race event days, to 250,000 – 500,000 on weekend and final race event days. Spectators also would be drawn to other public shoreline areas with views of the race course area, including the Golden Gate Bridge, Treasure Island, Angel Island, areas in Marin County, and other lands within the GGNRA and SAFR.

The event would include licensing for a variety of temporary retail sites, distributed at locations on Herb Caen Way from AT&T Ballpark to Fisherman’s Wharf, to serve visitor retail demand and provide managed sites for composting and recycling, with security services to discourage non-permitted and unlicensed commercial activities.

One thing that came to my mind right away is how do we plan to improve transit along The Embarcadero for 250,000 – 500,000 folks to get around? Someone mentioned having a Sunday Streets like setup on the outside Embarcadero lanes, allowing folks to walk and bike along the waterfront.

My other thought is that we should take this opportunity to set up more of those Global Tap water bottle refilling stations and encourage folks to carry around water bottles instead adding to the trash that might end up in the Bay if trash cans overflow and so on.

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