For the first time in Los Angeles history, the Clippers are breaking ground on their own home. Ten miles southwest of the Staples Center lies the site of the future “Intuit Dome” in Inglewood.
“This is no hockey arena, it’s where basketball is played and watched on five different courts,” Clippers Power Forward Paul George said, narrating a dome introduction video. “Where concerts are sung and heard with perfect pitch. It’s for the ballers.”
Intuit, which will have naming rights to the venue for the next 23 years, is a global technology platform that makes accounting software TurboTax and Quickbooks, among other products. The nearly $2 billion dollar basketball and concert venue will have room for 18,000 seats.
It's set to open in October 2024, just in time for the 2024-2025 NBA season.
Gillian Zucker, Clippers president of business operations, said the groundbreaking comes nearly seven years after she first went driving around L.A. with Clippers owner Steve Ballmer looking at potential sites for the arena.
“Today a construction site at the corner of Century and Prairie,” she said. “But tomorrow a global destination for basketball fans, music lovers… and anyone who’s ever been moved to stand with 18,000 voices that echo as one.”
Zucker credited Ballmer with the revolutionary concepts that fans will see when they enter the dome and said he’s picked and planned everything from the comfort level of the seats to the revolutionary two-sided halo scoreboard to be lit by “a full acre of LED lightning that encircles the top of the bowl.”
Ballmer said he sees the arena as a place fans will never want to leave with enough food and restaurant options to ensure fans will never get stuck in a line and miss pivotal game moments.
“We wanted to build a home that is of our own, that sets a standard for us,” Ballmer said. “We don’t play in anyone else’s shadow. We want to redefine how sports are watched, how we listen to music, how we cheer for our favorite performer.”
Integrating the community
In addition to the primary dome for games and performances on the lot, Intuit Dome will feature an 80,000-square-foot outdoor plaza where the Clippers envision their younger fans will play pick up games on their own regulation size court while watching the games on a massive outdoor screen.
As a way to pay homage to where so many NBA players first discovered their love of the game, Ballmer said Intuit Dome will have a jersey from every high school basketball team in the state hanging on its walls.
Inglewood was ultimately selected as the home of the Clippers for the positive impact Ballmer believed the team and the business brought in by the dome could have on the surrounding community, Zucker said.