America’s Cup San Francisco Locations

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In 2012, the America’s Cup Village (the primary gathering area for spectators) will be at Marina Green, just east of the San Francisco Marina.

In 2013, the America’s Cup Village will move to the facility being built at Piers 27–29.

The San Francisco Chamber of Commerce has opened up a “one-stop shop” America’s Cup information office at Pier 23, open Monday – Friday, 10 am – 2 pm.

The Chamber encourages businesses to seek opportunities to work with the America’s Cup teams. Register for free with AC Business Connect, or contact Cynthia Palmerin at

Here’s the details of the planned America’s Cup facilities, as of January 2012, from the 34th America’s Cup Sustainability Plan (emphasis added):

Several of the venues proposed for AC34 events in San Francisco consist of areas and facilities managed by the Port of San Francisco (Port). Various other venues are proposed for spectator and/or sponsor-related activities, some of which are under the jurisdiction of City, state or federal agencies, including Crissy Field, Marina Green, Fort Mason, Aquatic Park, Alcatraz Island, Fort Baker Pier at Cavallo Point (near Sausalito), San Francisco Civic Center, Union Square, and Justin Herman Plaza.

Piers 27-29 is proposed by the AC34 project sponsors (the City and Event Authority) as the site of the primary spectator venue in 2013 – the America’s Cup Village. Pier 27 is also the Port site for the development of a new Port Cruise Terminal project. The Cruise Terminal project will be coordinated with the AC34 project to allow an initial phase of the Cruise Terminal building to be used as part of the America’s Cup Village for the 2013 America’s Cup events. The improvements to complete the Cruise Terminal will be built out by the Port after the AC34 races conclude. The new Cruise Terminal will be designed to meet modern ship and operational requirements of the cruise industry, and to achieve the City’s required Leadership in Energy and Environmental Design (LEED®) certification.

Marina Green is proposed as the America’s Cup Village for the 2012 AC World Series races and is under the jurisdiction of the San Francisco Recreation and Park Department (SFRPD). Fort Mason, Crissy Field, Cavallo Point, and Alcatraz Island are all located within the Golden Gate National Recreation Area (GGNRA) and Aquatic Park is located in the San Francisco Maritime National Historical Park (SAFR); all are under the jurisdiction of the National Park Service (NPS), except for portions of Crissy Field that are under the jurisdiction of the Presidio Trust.

AC34 sailing races and associated activities are proposed to occur on San Francisco Bay. This race area would be confined within an area of the Bay roughly bounded by the San Francisco waterfront to the south, the San Francisco/Oakland Bay Bridge and Treasure Island to the east and potentially portions of southern Marin County to the north and on occasion just beyond the Golden Gate Bridge to the west. It should be noted the actual race course(s) for the sailing races would occur within only one portion of this race area, with the primary race area concentrated along San Francisco’s northern shoreline. The final race area is being determined through government agency coordination combined with optimum race conditions in 2012 and 2013. The spectator boat area locations within the race area vicinity would also be influenced by those circumstances.

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Major Project at Pier 27

The heart of the waterfront construction for the America’s Cup in San Francisco will be at Pier 27.

Here’s a summary from the San Francisco Department of Public Works:

With DPW’s leadership, the Port intends to transform the existing ten-acre Pier 27 site into a vibrant year-round cruise terminal, public plaza and community facility that meets security and passenger handling demands of the cruise industry, while also allowing for public recreation and special event uses. The terminal will be a 21st century new fresh face for the cruise line visitor designed to stream line the embarking and debarking exercise and enhance their visit to San Francisco.

The new terminal will function as the main point of entry for ships during the cruise season but will be available for rent most of the year for special events such as conventions, nonprofit fund raisers, private parties, and community festivals such as Fleet week and International Arts Festival.

With the award of the America’s Cup to San Francisco, Pier 27 will now be used for two purposes – first as the starting & finishing line for the America’s Cup and subsequently as San Francisco’s premier cruise ship terminal.

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