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The LA Clippers Unveil Plans for New Home in Inglewood

Inglewood is quickly becoming the sports hub of Los Angeles with the Clippers unveiling plans for their new proposed arena in the city. In addition to the 18,500 seater venue, the plans for the Inglewood Basketball & Entertainment Center also include a training facility, office space, 150-room hotel as well as a plaza featuring a large LED screen for public screenings, concert stage and public basketball courts.

Renderings courtesy of the LA Clippers

The privately financed complex is due to be built along West Century Boulevard between South Prairie and Yukon Avenues, right across from the new NFL stadium currently in construction for LA’s two football teams, the Rams and the Chargers.

Designed by architecture and construction firm, AECOM, the arena will have a three-dimensional oval design “with a unique exterior of diamond-shaped metal panels inspired by the concept of a basketball swishing through a net.” The facility’s most striking feature, intended to highlight the temperate climate of Southern California, is the integration of indoor/outdoor “sky gardens”, where visitors will be able to enjoy food and beverages from every level of the concourse. The venue also aims to minimize its environmental impact through a combination of carbon offset credits and sustainable design features such as the metal panels that were designed to “provide solar benefit for maximum energy efficiency.”

The Clippers expect the complex to create approximately 10,000 construction jobs and over 1,500 permanent roles upon completion. They predict that once the complex is completed, it will generate an estimated $268 million per year for the city and more than $190 million in tax revenue from 2020 – 2045.

The complex is due to be completed in 2024 to coincide with the expiration of the Clippers’ lease with the Staples Center. Make sure to get your Leonard and George jerseys nice and early! Watch this space…