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Inglewood Basketball and Entertainment Center

The Inglewood Basketball and Entertainment Center is a proposed 18,000 seat arena to be located in Inglewood, California for the Los Angeles Clippers of the National Basketball Association. The arena would be located just south of SoFi Stadium and the Hollywood Park development.

Inglewood Basketball and Entertainment Center
Inglewood Basketball and Entertainment Center is located in the Los Angeles metropolitan area
Inglewood Basketball and Entertainment Center
Inglewood Basketball and Entertainment Center
Location in L.A. metro area
Inglewood Basketball and Entertainment Center is located in California
Inglewood Basketball and Entertainment Center
Inglewood Basketball and Entertainment Center
Location in California
Inglewood Basketball and Entertainment Center is located in the United States
Inglewood Basketball and Entertainment Center
Inglewood Basketball and Entertainment Center
Location in the United States
LocationInglewood, California
Coordinates33°56′42″N 118°20′35″W / 33.945127°N 118.343102°W / 33.945127; -118.343102Coordinates: 33°56′42″N 118°20′35″W / 33.945127°N 118.343102°W / 33.945127; -118.343102
Public transitLAMetroLogo.svg  Crenshaw/LAX Line 
Downtown Inglewood station
OwnerLos Angeles Clippers
OperatorLos Angeles Clippers
TypeArena
Capacity18,000
Construction
Broke ground2021 (Planned)
Opened2024 (Planned)
Tenants
Los Angeles Clippers (NBA) (proposed)

FeaturesEdit

In addition to the 18,000 seat arena, the venue would also include a practice facility, sports medicine clinic, team offices, retail space and a large outdoor plaza with basketball courts that are open to the public.[1][2][3]

The practice facility would be 85,000 square feet, the team offices 55,000 square feet and the sports medicine clinic 25,000 square feet. An additional 40,000 square feet are set aside for retail and 260,000 square feet for the outdoor plaza.

Competition with The ForumEdit

In addition, the venue could also host concerts, providing direct competition with The Forum. As of July 2019, Clippers owner Steve Ballmer was still pursuing building the arena.[4][5] Several lawsuits were filed to attempt to prevent the construction of the arena, which would ensure no nearby arena would compete with The Madison Square Garden Company-owned arena. [6] In December 2018, the Clippers filed a countersuit against The Madison Square Garden Company alleging that they are trying to prevent competition with The Forum. [7]

In March 2019, leaked emails revealed that Irving Azoff attempted to lure the Los Angeles Lakers back to The Forum after their lease at Staples Center was up. Despite nothing coming of the proposal, Azoff's proposal to re-purpose The Forum was seen as a way of preventing the LA Clippers from building their own arena in Inglewood and ensuring that the Madison Square Garden Company got an unfair advantage over rival AEG, which already owns part of the Lakers. [8]

ConstructionEdit

On July 25, 2019, The Clippers released new images of the proposed arena, construction is planned to begin in 2021 and is planned to be complete in fall 2024, following the expiration of the Clippers' lease with the Staples Center.[9][10]

ReferencesEdit

  1. ^ "New details of Clippers' proposed Inglewood arena complex revealed". Retrieved February 21, 2018.
  2. ^ "NOTICE OF PREPARATION OF A DRAFT ENVIRONMENTAL IMPACT REPORT AND PUBLIC SCOPING MEETING". Retrieved February 20, 2018.
  3. ^ "Clippers take first steps to Inglewood arena while keeping options open". Retrieved June 16, 2017.
  4. ^ http://www.nba.com/article/2018/08/17/la-clippers-owner-steve-ballmer-says-team-needs-own-house-new-arena
  5. ^ https://www.espn.com/nba/story/_/id/27259348/clippers-unveil-renderings-proposed-arena
  6. ^ https://la.curbed.com/2018/6/19/17480328/inglewood-lawsuit-clippers-arena-housing
  7. ^ Inglewood arena row: LA Clippers launch MSG countersuit
  8. ^ Lakers explored leaving Staples Center for return to Forum, emails reveal
  9. ^ https://sports.yahoo.com/clippers-unveil-plans-for-privately-financed-la-arena-next-to-new-nfl-stadium-022554849.html
  10. ^ https://www.nba.com/article/2019/07/25/la-clippers-unveil-plans-inglewood-arena-official-release

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