In a ceremony held yesterday, the Los Angeles Clippers marked a key milestone in the construction of their new home in Inglewood, with the topping out of Intuit Dome.
The $1.2-billion arena, located at the southeast corner of Century Boulevard and Prairie Avenue, will have seating capacity for 18,000 fans when it opens for the 2024-2025 NBA season.
Named as part of a 23-year agreement with TurboTax and Credit Karma maker Intuit, Inc., the venue serves as the centerpiece of a larger 28-acre mixed-use development which will include:
- an 85,000-square-foot practice and athletic training facility;
- 71,000 square feet of office space for the Clippers organization;
- a 25,000-square-foot sports medicine clinic;
- 63,000 square feet of ancillary retail;
- a public plaza featuring a large LED screen, a concert stage, and basketball courts;
- a 150-room hotel; and
- parking for 4,125 vehicles.
Designed by AECOM, the arena stands approximately 150 feet in height and has an elliptical footprint. Renderings of the finished product show a grid-like exterior, resembling a basketball net, with numerous carve-outs used to create open-air decks on its upper floors.
The project will serve as a complement to the larger sports and entertainment district built to the north around SoFi Stadium, now the homes of the Los Angeles Rams and Chargers, and the most expensive stadium ever built at a cost of $5 billion. Built on the site of the former Hollywood Park race track, the complex also includes housing, offices, retail, a hotel, and park space on nearly 300 acres of land.
Inglewood officials hope to connect the new developments to Metro's Crenshaw/LAX Line through the construction of an automated people mover system. The 1.6-mile elevated transit system would cost more than $1 billion to complete, and is currently expected to begin service in 2027.
The current home of the Clippers, Crytpo.com Arena in Downtown Los Angeles, is also primed for a revamp courtesy of AEG. A reported "nine-figure" plan will refresh the more than 20-year-old arena, which will still remain the home of the Lakers and L.A. Kings.
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