Warriors’ arena plan gains support from UCSF chancellor

Weighing in publicly for the first time on the Warriors’ plans to move in across the street at Mission Bay, UCSF Chancellor Sam Hawgood says the medical center is “very supportive” of the idea — as long as the increased traffic can be managed to ensure “the safety of our patients and staff.”

Hawgood’s stance is at odds with that of some of UCSF’s biggest donors, who are dead set against the arena and have started a campaign to stop it in its tracks.

“We have been meeting regularly with the mayor and with the Warriors and have made tremendous progress,” Hawgood told us. However, he said, UCSF is still worried about what will happen if the Giants and Warriors are playing games in the neighborhood at the same time, potentially flooding the area with thousands of cars.

“It’s a complex set of equations that will need to be solved,” Hawgood said.

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