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UT San Diego: SD must seal deal for 2017 America’s Cup

September 11, 2014

By U-T San Diego Editorial Board

It’s time to add another wonderful chapter to San Diego’s history. The local team negotiating with America’s Cup officials to bring the 35th edition of sailing’s greatest showcase back to San Diego in 2017 reports that it has established that the city has the necessary logistics to support the event and to host the crews and visitors it would attract.

Now the team needs to establish that the event would be commercially successful, says SEA San Diego board member Troy Sears. He’s been working with the Unified Port of San Diego, which in February gave the go-ahead to seek the host role and would be the government body contracting with the America’s Cup organization.

The push to cross this second hurdle began last week with an event at the San Diego Yacht Club hosted by Ed Plant of Harborside Refrigerated Services, a major port tenant. Sears said it brought together port officials, Mayor Kevin Faulconer, business executives and leaders of the Regional Chamber of Commerce and the San Diego Economic Development Corp., who were excited about the economic benefits and the international attention the event would bring.

“San Diego hasn’t hosted an America’s Cup in nearly 20 years and bringing it back to San Diego could be great for our city,” the mayor said in an email. “This effort would be a phenomenal opportunity to showcase San Diego to the rest of the world.”

http://www.utsandiego.com/news/2014/jun/01/tp-san-diego-must-seal-deal-for-2017-americas-cup/

 

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