Haight Ashbury Neighborhood Council Announces Opposition To Pro Soccer At Kezar Stadium

by Amy Stephenson: hoodline – excerpt

We reported recently that Kezar Stadium might become the new home of the North American Soccer League‘s San Francisco Deltas, and that representatives from the team are soliciting feedback from the neighborhood.

This week, they got that feedback, in the form of an official opposition from the Haight Ashbury Neighborhood Council. HANC sent an email to subscribers outlining its issues with the Deltas’ proposal.

In February, the Deltas announced a proposal to use Kezar for 15-20 home games per year, beginning in 2017. The games would mostly take place on Saturday evenings, with the occasional game on Wednesday evening or during the day on Saturday. At the games, the Deltas would sell beer and wine to the general public, and hard liquor to VIP ticket holders.

At the time, many neighbors responded with concern about the potential traffic impact caused by thousands of fans coming to the neighborhood, as well as potential bad behavior from those who’ve been drinking. Representatives for the team argued that the games’ relatively brief two-hour run times would discourage heavy drinking, and said that the Deltas would encourage fans to use public transit to get to games.

HANC’s position is that holding pro soccer games and selling liquor will change the character of the stadium from a youth-oriented sports center to something less beneficial to the community. HANC board member Tes Welborn has printed fliers opposing the plan, posting them around the neighborhood. The full text is below: …

HANC has set up a petition on Change.org to gain support for its position. As of this writing, it has 31 signatures… (more)

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