In September 2021, the Los Angeles Clippers officially broke ground on Intuit Dome, a $1.2-billion arena and entertainment complex at the intersection of Century Boulevard and Prairie Avenue. Nearly one year later, the steel skeleton that will eventually form the arena bowl is cresting above street level, as the project pushes toward an expected completion date in advance of the 2024-2025 NBA season.
The 18,000-seat arena, named as part of a 23-year naming rights agreement with TurboTax and Credit Karma maker Intuit, Inc., is intended as the centerpiece of a larger 28-acre development on land previously owned by the City of Inglewood. Other components of the project 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 will stand approximately 150 feet in height, and will have an elliptical footprint with a grid-like exterior. Images show numerous carve-outs used to create open-air decks on the upper levels of the arena.
Construction of Intuit Dome followed a contentious political battle which commenced in in 2017, when the Clippers and the City of Inglewood announce plans for the arena. For several years, the ultimate fate of the project remained uncertain in the face of legal threats from Madison Square Garden Company (MSG), the concert and entertainment company which converted the nearby Kia Forum into a live events venue 10 years ago. MSG had previously controlled the Intuit Dome site under a ground lease, and alleged that Inglewood Mayor James Butts had deceived them into forfeiting their leasehold to facilitate the development of an office park. The dispute was eventually resolved when Clippers owner Steve Ballmer purchased the Forum for $400 million.
Construction is starting for the Intuit Dome follows in the footsteps of SoFi Stadium, the home of the Los Angeles Rams and Chargers, and the most expensive stadium ever built at a cost of $5 billion. Similar to the NBA arena, SoFi Stadium is also the focal point of a broader mixed-use project which will include housing, offices, retail, a hotel, and park space on nearly 300 acres of land formerly home to the Hollywood Park racetrack.
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.
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