If you read Clips Nation a lot, you know that this story went up a little slower than most breaking news stories do.
I just needed a few minutes to catch my breath, after new renderings of the Clippers’ planned arena in Inglewood were released by the team.
The video that the Clippers released is phenomenal.
The Clippers’ plans are to begin construction on the new arena in 2021, with the team beginning to play games there in the 2024-25 NBA season. On the new campus, the Clippers will have not just the arena but their practice facility and team offices as well as a medical facility, retail stores, restaurants, and parking.
Clippers chairman Steve Ballmer put it simply: “I want the Clippers to have the best home in all of sports.” The Clippers’ quest for their own arena reportedly began when STAPLES Center refused Ballmer’s request to make renovations that would improve the fan experience at home games.
The arena is also going to be privately-financed, without a single dollar of taxpayer money going towards the project. In an era where too many wealthy professional sports teams hold cities hostage over construction and renovation costs, Steve Ballmer is footing the entire bill. The arena also features an LEED-GOLD certified design, and will achieve net zero greenhouse gas emissions.
The private funding and environmentally-friendly nature of the project means that Clippers fans can feel good about sitting back and enjoying the renderings of a beautiful new stadium—a home for Clipper Nation.