Obviously, anyone who follows big land purchases and arena projects in Los Angeles knows these things don’t happen in a snap, it’s always a multi-year process. Even at this landmark stage, this is but a beginning.
But it’s a landmark development nonetheless. Having covered LAFC’s stadium project myself from plans on paper to grand opening in 2018, the boost the MLS team got in having their own home from the start of their history was a game-changer on the soccer front locally. On the other hand, we’ve seen setbacks in the mega-project just down the road that is SoFi Stadium but that is also nearing completion and we’ll see if it heralds a new era of the NFL in LA.
Needless to say, there will absolutely be more twists and turns in the Clippers stadium saga, but it’s ok to start dreaming about this happening in the near future in earnest, and that is very exciting.
More news for Thursday:
- Vote on the second round of our all-time Clippers bracket: Get your votes in before the polls close...the next round is right around the corner.
- KAT’s mom is very sick: Timberwolves star Karl-Anthony Towns shared a harrowing video detailing his mother being hospitalized for suspected coronavirus and put in a coma and on a ventilator. For some reason I remember his mom very well from Towns’ draft day and am pulling for her. ESPN has more information on the Towns family’s story.
- SeatGeek furloughing staff: The ticket giant is laying off up to two-thirds(!) of its workforce due to the coronavirus shutdown. Obviously, it’s understandable that these are very hard times in the event ticket business, but one hopes this doesn’t come with a heaping side of fees for customers after sports and entertainment events come back.
- ...But the Sixers won’t: In a bit of good news, the Philadelphia 76ers have backtracked on their previous plan to make employees take a 20 percent pay cut as a result of public outcry. Way to go, people who cried out!
Sixers ownership statement to ESPN: ''....After listening to our staff and players, it's clear that was the wrong decision. We have reversed it and will be paying these employees their full salary." https://t.co/0mn1NthccQ— Adrian Wojnarowski (@wojespn) March 24, 2020
- Tokyo Olympics postponed: Oh yeah, maybe the last sporting event to be postponed because of coronavirus, the 2020 Summer Olympics in Tokyo, have officially been pushed a year to 2021. Please note the IOC wants us to refer to it as the 2020 Olympics though, not the 2021 games, probably because they made all this merch and don’t want to have to re-do it all. The LA Times has a whole package of content related to the delayed decision to delay.
Today’s question: Since we’re in the era of stadium naming rights, what would you want the Clippers arena to be called? A big brand, a local brand, something else? Let’s chat in the comments below.