The Unified Port District of San Diego submitted a proposal to the America’s Cup Event Authority to host the 35th America’s Cup, and on July 8, San Diego achieved finalist status. San Diego is now in the running against Bermuda for the host city selection. San Diego hosted the America’s Cup in 1988, 1992 and 1995.
“San Diego already has the infrastructure in place for the America’s Cup, and we know what it takes to host this event,” said Harris. “This breathtaking spectator sport would be a boost to our economy, and we could once again showcase America’s Finest City to the world at this international sporting event.”
“The city of San Diego’s support and partnership are essential as we pursue the opportunity to host the 35th America’s Cup,” said Port chairman Bob Nelson. “San Diego is a ‘can do’ region with a sailing tradition as strong as anywhere you can find, and we have unrivaled experience in coming together to host major special events. Our collaborative regional approach gives our destination a strong advantage in this competitive process.”
Mayor Kevin Faulconer, who represented City Council District 2 for nearly two full terms before being elected mayor, agreed.
“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,” he said. “This would be a phenomenal opportunity to showcase San Diego to the rest of the world.”
The America’s Cup is the oldest trophy in international sport and is the pinnacle of the sport of sailing. The Unified Port District of San Diego’s proposal calls for sailing in north San Diego Bay, unlike previous America’s Cup races held off the coast of San Diego.
A final decision by the America’s Cup Event Authority is expected before the end of this year.