San Francisco’s pitch to bring the next America’s Cup to The Bay includes providing the “free [use of] land and future development rights on the property in exchange for the America’s Cup event authority paying $100 million to $150 million to shore up the piers, dredge the area around them, and install new breakwaters and utility lines.”
At the center of it all, a proposed amphitheater at Piers 30-32 designed by Skidmore, Owings & Merrill to be covered by “a tensile net structure evocative of a sail that would allow diffuse light through but provide shelter from rain, wind and direct sun.”
Teams would be based at Pier 50, event offices would occupy Pier 48, a temporary marina for mega-yachts would be built off the Brannan Street Wharf, and Pier 28 would become a media center.
The plan will soon be presented to San Francisco’s Board of Supervisors for approval with City officials pledging to have the facilities ready for racing by the end of 2012.
∙ San Francisco’s plan for hosting America’s Cup [SFGate]
∙ Skidmore, Owings & Merrill LLP (SOM) [som.com]
∙ SocketSite Weekend Special: One Proposal For San Francisco SWL 337 [SocketSite]
∙ From Piers To Park And The Brannan Street Wharf By 2012 [SocketSite]