Clips Nation reported back in February (based off an LA Times story) that the Clippers were considering a move to a new stadium in Inglewood. That departure appears to be near the finished stages (of planning, anyway), as a couple reports today came out that the Clippers would make their announcement regarding the new stadium in Inglewood tomorrow (Thursday, June 15). The official word is that the Clippers are going to sign an Exclusive Negotiating Agreement (ENA), which is exactly what it sounds like it is.
The stadium will apparently be very close to the new Inglewood sports complex (soon to be home to the NFL Rams and Chargers), if not actually on the same “campus”. According to the original news bearer, Vincent Bonsignore of the So Cal News Group, the new stadium will be privately financed on “22 acres of land between Prairie and Yukon Avenue south of Century Boulevard”. His article can be found here. This location is right across the street from the new Inglewood Sports Complex. What kind of collaboration or partnerships with the Rams/Chargers/Complex will take place, if any, are as yet unknown.
The Clippers’ lease at Staples Center runs through 2024, but it is unknown at this time if they are willing to break the lease and leave early, or not. My guess would be they stick most of the way through it, as a new stadium will take years to build anyway. The immediate ramifications, therefore, are probably negligible.
Steve Ballmer has given indications that he has wanted to leave Staples Center and its Laker-flavored environs since he took ownership, and that move is now close to a reality. Other possible changes may occur, such as a name change (Inglewood Clippers?) and other surface re-designs. Hopefully this new stadium would help establish the Clippers more solidly in the LA area.
Clips Nation will have more coverage as news continues to leak out. Keep posted!
Clippers will announce tomorrow that they are closing in on building a stadium in Inglewood, sources.— Brad Turner (@BA_Turner) June 14, 2017