The Port and the City of San Francisco came together on Tuesday afternoon to celebrate the completion of the James R Herman Cruise Ship Terminal on Pier 27 with a ribbon-cutting ceremony.
The building will be turned over to the America's Cup Event Authority on Friday, when it will become the centerpiece of the America's Cup Park. The Cruise Ship Terminal will host the America's Cup Media Center, and have areas for the competing teams, for public exhibitions, as well as food and beverage points.
Following the Summer of Racing, it will be turned back to the Port and become a working Cruise Ship Terminal.
“The new Cruise Terminal is a legacy project that will not only boost tourism and create jobs this summer during the America’s Cup races, but it will welcome visitors and residents to our waterfront for generations to come,” Mayor Edwin M. Lee told the crowd. “This major infrastructure project that is being delivered on time and on budget is the centerpiece of the America’s Cup Park and when it begins serving the cruise industry next year, it will provide a significant economic impact to our City.”
Following the America's Cup, the Port is scheduled to complete the James R. Herman Cruise Terminal by 2014 to make it operational for cruise ships, and create a new 2.5 acre public park known as the Northeast Wharf Plaza.