Assisting the Lead Agency with the Warriors' San Francisco Arena Project


On July 18, 2016, Judge Wong of the San Francisco Superior Court delivered a decisive victory to the respondents and real parties in interest in the litigation concerning the proposed Golden State Warriors arena in Mission Bay Alliance v. Office of Community Investment and Infrastructure (OCII).

For years, the Warriors have been planning to relocate to San Francisco from their current arena in Oakland. The Project involves constructing a multi-purpose event center and mixed uses, including office, retail, and open space, on an 11-acre site in the Mission Bay South Redevelopment Plan area. In April 2015, the Governor certified the Project as an Environmental Leadership Development Project under AB 900. A subsequent environmental impact report was prepared for the Project, tiering from the 1998 Mission Bay EIR. Multiple lawsuits were filed against the Project in various jurisdictions by Mission Bay Alliance. After consolidating two of the actions, the trial court found that the Project complied with CEQA and that OCII, acting as the lead agency, did not abuse its discretion by approving the Project. The court also upheld various related actions taken by the City and County of San Francisco concerning the Project.

Thomas Law Group represented OCII throughout the administrative process and at the trial court, and continues to represent the agency on appeal. Mission Bay Alliance filed an appeal from the trial court’s decision on July 25, 2016. Pursuant to the accelerated litigation timeline under AB 900, the Court of Appeal will hear the appeal by the end of this year.

The arena has been named the Chase Center and it is expected to open for the start of the 2019-2020 NBA season. For more information, see www.chasecenter.com