The America’s Cup Event Authority has received a letter from San Francisco Mayor Ed Lee, who has proposed venue locations within the city that would be used to host the 2017 America’s Cup.
The letter reads, in part: “The 34th America’s Cup generated hundreds of millions of dollars in economic activity for San Francisco, created thousands of jobs and showcased our spectacular waterfront, the beauty of San Francisco Bay and the sport of sailing to millions of spectators around the world. Therefore, it is with great enthusiasm, guided by the lessons learned and practical experience of the 34th America’s Cup, that we propose the venue sites for the 35th America’s Cup in San Francisco in 2017…”
The city of San Francisco has proposed using Piers 27-29 for the America’s Cup Park and team bases as well as Piers 19.5, 23, 31 and a section of Pier 80 for team use. A portion of Marina Green, including the Peninsula area, would be used for public viewing and bleachers. A significant change from the 2013 America’ s Cup is shifting the team bases to the America’s Cup Park at Piers 27-29.
Following the mayor’s proposal, the city and the America’s Cup Event Authority will now work toward a comprehensive host city agreement to keep the race in San Francisco. Oracle Team USA won the 2013 America’s Cup, and as a result gets to propose the location for the next event.