The NBA and LA Clippers have unveiled renderings and additional details on their plans for a new sports and entertainment centre in Inglewood.
As well as serving as the new home for the NBA franchise, who currently share the Staples Centre with the LA Lakers, the complex will house the team’s business and sports operations, a training facility plus retail and community spaces.
With a projected cost of US$1 billion, the 18,00-seater stadium will feature a three-dimensional oval design, made of diamond-shaped metal panels inspired by the concept of a basketball swishing through a net.
The panels will not only offer modern design aesthetics but also utilise solar power capabilities with the new campus targeting net zero greenhouse gas emissions through carbon offset credits and sustainable design features.
In the plans unveiled, the stadium also integrates indoor and outdoor space through the “sky gardens”, accessible from every concourse level.
In addition to the stadium, the complex will include a multi-purpose plaza complete with concert stage, community basketball courts and additional space for fans to gather and watch games and other entertainment on a giant LED screen.
According to the Clippers, once completed, the development will generate an estimated US$268 million in economic activity for Inglewood annually and more than US$190 million in new tax revenue from 2020 to 2045.
Construction is planned to begin in 2021, targeting completion by Autumn 2024. The Staples Centre has been the team’s home since 1999 and is shared with a number of other sports teams, including NBA rivals the LA Lakers. The Clippers current agreement with the Staples Centre is due to expire in 2024.
Steve Ballmer, Clippers chairman and owner, said: “My goal is simple. I want the Clippers to have the best home in all of sports. “What that means to me is an unparalleled environment for players, for fans, for sponsors and for the community of Inglewood. Our goal is to build a facility that re-sets fans’ expectations while having a transformative impact on the city we will call home.”
The Clippers are moving forward with their plans, despite legal action from the Madison Square Garden Company (MSG), which owns the nearby multi-purpose venue the Forum. MSG filed a lawsuit last year claiming Inglewood mayor James Butts had deceived it into handing over its lease on a space the Clippers would use as a site for their new arena. Clippers through Murphy’s Bowl, filed a counter-suit, stating MSG was trying to force them away from their proposed move.