Super Basketball League: The 18,000-seat Intuit Dome is expected to open in time for the 2024-25 season; the club announced an arena-naming arrangement with Intuit on Friday without disclosing the terms of the transaction, which is said to be a 23-year partnership for more than $500 million, according to reports.
The Los Angeles Clippers, fed up with living in the shadow of the Los Angeles Lakers, started ground on their new arena in Inglewood, California, on Friday.
The Intuit Dome, which will seat 18,000 people, is expected to open in time for the 2024-25 season.
On Friday, the team announced an arena naming partnership with Intuit without disclosing the parameters of the agreement. It’s a 23-year deal worth more than $500 million (£364 million), according to CNBC.
Breaking ground on our new home. 🏡 pic.twitter.com/8e3Ddc66M1
— Intuit Dome (@IntuitDome) September 17, 2021
The cost of the arena’s construction was estimated to be $1.8 billion (£1.3 billion) by the Los Angeles Times and Sportico, and more than $2 billion (£1.45 billion) by ESPN.
“We needed to say, ‘We’re our own folks,'” Clippers owner Steve Ballmer told ESPN about the team’s need for its own home. We don’t play with the other guys at the same place. We’ll have our own distinct identity.’
“We’re going to construct our own structure, with more of our own character and individuality.”
From the start of the 1984-85 season through the end of the 2010-11 season, the Clippers only won one playoff series after moving from San Diego.
They’ve made the playoffs in nine of the last ten seasons since then.
— LA Clippers (@LAClippers) September 17, 2021
The Clippers made their first appearance in the Western Conference finals last season, losing 4-2 to the Phoenix Suns after star Kawhi Leonard was injured earlier in the tournament.
Ballmer has high aspirations for the Intuit Dome, which, according to ESPN, will have more legroom and restrooms than any other NBA venue and will accept all concession orders online.
“I get my vitality from the structure,” Ballmer explained. “However, people go out and are late to games or do not return from halftime.” I’d like to make sure that everyone is seated so that we can feed off of that energy.
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