Michele Ellson

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Alameda Point is set to become home to a second America's Cup team, the city announced Monday morning. The Italian Luna Rossa Challenge 2013 team will be leasing a 65,400 square foot former airplane hangar at the Point for the next seven months, according to a press release issued shortly after 10 a.m. Monday.

The Italian team, which represents the Circolo della Vela Sicilia Yacht Club and is sponsored by Prada, will be joining Artemis Racing at Alameda Point, where the latter team has occupied a 110,000-square-foot hangar since May. The City Council is set to consider an extension of Artemis's lease until the end of 2013.

“Alameda is an excellent location that will allow us to operate quickly and efficiently,” Antonio Marrai, logistics manager for Luna Rossa, was quoted as saying in the city's release. “Even though we will race from Pier 30-32 in San Francisco starting in July, we will keep our base in Alameda.”

City leaders are excited to welcome a second America's Cup team - and for the impact the team's presence could have on the local economy.

“We are a maritime community with many avid sailors and maritime related businesses. Now, two of the four teams competing in the America’s Cup are based in Alameda,” Christopher Seiwald, who chairs Alameda's America's Cup ad hoc committee, was quoted as saying in the release.

City leaders say Alameda has been designated as an official launching point for those seeking to view the Cup races, and that local ferry terminals will offer race-goers expanded service.

The 55 days of races are slated to open on July 4, with the Louis Vuitton Cup to be sailed from July 7 through August 4, semifinals from August 6-14 and finals from August 17-30. America's Cup match racing is slated to take place from September 7-23.

With the addition of Luna Rossa, Alameda is now home to half of the teams expected to compete in the America's Cup races. The Cup has been billed as the world's most prestigious sailing event.

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Submitted by Donna Eyestone on Mon, Mar 4, 2013

Well, this is making it quite complex for us non-sailing types to know who to cheer for during the races!

Submitted by richardwangphot... on Mon, Mar 4, 2013

The City Council should be calling Emirates Team New Zealand, make them an offer and get them to also move to Ferry Point.

Even if Alameda can't get Team New Zealand, 2 of the 4 America's Cup teams will be here and why not build a "AC Village" that will compete with the one in SF. It's not like there isn't enough space or an empty hangar or two, that we can use.

And Alameda could certainly use the money and the exposure.