The America’s Cup San Francisco should be remembered for the astounding comeback of ORACLE TEAM USA led by Jimmy Spithill with Ben Ainslie and Tom Slingsby at his side but the park became a culture of its own with everybody from international media to local security guards and shop clerks and Nespresso barristas who all came together to work one final blow out day.
Speaking of blow outs, take a look at the video of Spithill getting toasted on Leno last night.
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Families of the teams cheered at the dock out show and waved flags. The babies and toddlers enjoyed playing and scampered around the stage and played with each other.
Mary at the Puma store worked frantically trying to get her customers served and out the door to enjoy the festivities. The OTUSA shop was packed with fans who actually helped each other find sizes in the rush. “Will you save my place in line?” asked one young man as he dashed back to the racks.
Cory, a tall blond and athletic young man at the North Point Nespresso cafe, a little spot at the end of the dock up a flight of stairs, actually just moved to the East Bay from Denver with his girlfriend. Cory has worked in video production and also like to ski.
The trio of helicopters carrying photographers whose employers paid for the service flew in formation to entertain the audience at the pavillion.
Concord’s Blue Devil drummers beat energetically at the stage before the awards ceremony.
The America replica sailed smoothly and quietly past the dock after the AC72s hit the course for the final day.
The Oracle man covered head to toe in tights with an American flag pattern ran up the red carpet to the dock out show ahead of the team, for the last time.
572 accredited media from 32 countries had come through the media center. 203 countries broadcast the event on television.
The pavillion and marina hosted one million visitors with hundreds of thousands more watching from the shoreline.
The website attracted five million unique visitors in September alone.
10,000 visited the hospitality sites at the pavillion and marina.
The 34th America’s Cup turned out to be a late bloomer, ultimately a thrill that spectators could see inland and up close for the first time. The Cup, while controversies and misfortune fell upon it, costs about the same win or lose, said billionaire Larry Ellison who brought it to San Francisco and wants to keep it in San Francisco. “I have a house here” he said at the press conference after defending the Cup successfully.
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For more information: www.AmericasCup.com
Check out youth sailing around the Bay at www.SailSFBay.org, particularly the 75 year old program on Oakland’s Lake Merritt.
The America’s Cup pavillion has been along the Embarcadero before Fisherman’s Wharf and is an easy walk, pedicab ride, bike ride or Muni ride from the ferry building and Embarcadero BART. It’s being disassembled and put back in containers.
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