By Cameron Buford, whatsgoodinsports.com
Just south of the newly unveiled SoFi Stadium, which happens to host the National Football League’s Super Bowl this season, which is also the home of the Los Angeles Rams and Chargers. The Clippers brought together team dignitaries, some super fans, and the media to reveal their plans for their new home arena in Inglewood, CA. Less than a quarter-mile from the Fabulous Great Western Forum will sit the imaginative Intuit Dome. Set to open in 2024-2025, the Clippers will soon have fans and players around the NBA anticipating the opening of this state-of-the-art stadium.
Currently, the Clippers are the third tenants of the Staples Center. Though the Staples Center has become the centerpiece of LA Live, which has also grown into the entertainment district of downtown Los Angeles, the Clippers have had to deal with an unfavorable schedule each season. More importantly, they will get a place that they can call home along with a building for Clippers fans can be proud of while developing their own identity.
The Clippers, partnership with the City of Inglewood during the development of this exceptional venue will be beneficial to all parties involved. They will employ up to 30% of local Union Workers and over 35% of local employees to run the facility once constructed. As a premier fan of the NBA, Steve Ballmer has chosen to uniquely build this stadium with the fans and players in mind.
With the same passion that he currently runs the Clippers with, Ballmer has chosen facets of this stadium, which will appeal to the players and fans alike. After touring multiple arenas and venues across the NBA and sports world, Ballmer vows to bring the fans the most inventive purchasing gameday experience. He also wants the fans to be comfortable during games, and he wants them to have the best views possible from any seat in the dome. To do this, they went through an extensive selection process for the seats while ensuring the fans will have improved sightlines. He’s also applied a similar focus on fans being able to quickly go to the restroom during fourth-quarter time-out breaks, with minimal critical time moments missed.
To construct the only “dome” in the NBA, Ballmer consulted with the players to provide the top-of-the-line amenities from the locker room to the court, including their gameday and practice experience. They have taken account of the crowd noise and how it can inspire the home team and impacts the visiting team. Additionally, the Clippers players will now have their office under one roof rather than go to separate venues for practice, training, and to play their games. Ideally, this would bring the team closer to the city, fans, and venue, which should provide a better product on the court.
NBA legend Jerry West says, “This is the ultimate gift to his team and the city of Inglewood.” He also was impressed with the time and commitment to make this such a “fan-friendly building.” Steve Ballmer told me when I asked him about his willingness to give back to the community, “My and I have been fortunate in our lives and have had the opportunity to give back. While every arena gives back some, we’ve been fortunate enough that we’re able to make an extra contribution.”
What excites you about the prospects of this new dome to be built for the Clippers in Inglewood. Kindly share your thoughts on Ballmer and his desire to create a better fan experience for their fans, as well as providing a better working venue for his players. You can reach out to me on Twitter @whatsgoodnsport or shoot me an email at firstname.lastname@example.org. I encourage you to forward any suggestions on what topics or angles about the Los Angeles Clippers you would like to see discussed leading into this season.
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