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Supervisors Approve Warriors San Francisco Arena Negotiations

SAN FRANCISCO (KCBS) – It was a big victory off the court for the Golden State Warriors on Tuesday as the San Francisco Board of Supervisors gave its unanimous support for negotiations between the team and city regarding a waterfront arena.

Normally, developers would have to compete for building rights on port land, but the supervisors voted unanimously to wave competitive bidding for a proposed Warriors arena at Piers 30 and 32.

KCBS' Barbara Taylor Reports:

Jim Lazarus with the San Francisco Chamber of Commerce told the board that the city has been waiting for this for decades.

"This is probably one of the most exciting projects that will come before this board of supervisors," Lazarus said.

At Tuesday's meeting, there was very little objection from the public. However, in the coming weeks, community meetings will be held to address concerns from residents living in the area and the Warriors said they will take part in those meetings.

Although this is just the latest step in a long process, the team hopes to move to the San Francisco waterfront in time for the 2017 NBA season.

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