L.A. Clippers New Inglewood Arena Plans Detailed: 'The Best Home in All of Sports'

The Los Angeles Clippers have unveiled plans for a new state-of-the-art arena, which franchise chairman Steve Ballmer hopes will be the "best home in all of sports."

Just a day after introducing Kawhi Leonard and Paul George as the franchise's new cornerstones, the Clippers showed they mean business off the court as well as on it.

Aside from the 18,500-seat arena, the plans include a complete renovation of a 26-acre area located on West Century Boulevard between South Prairie Avenue and South Yukon Avenue in Inglewood, California.

The Inglewood Basketball & Entertainment Center will include the Clippers' corporate headquarters, a team training facility, a sports medicine clinic and community courts. Following the example set by the Toronto Raptors' Jurassic Park, it will also feature a giant big screen for fans to watch games outdoors.

"My goal is simple. I want the Clippers to have the best home in all of sports," Ballmer told the NBA's official website. "What that means to me is an unparalleled environment for players, for fans, for sponsors and for the community of Inglewood. Our goal is to build a facility that resets fans' expectations while having a transformative impact on the city we will call home."

Located 12 miles southwest of Los Angeles, Inglewood will become the home of the Los Angeles Rams and the Los Angeles Chargers once the Los Angeles Stadium at Hollywood Park is completed next year.

The city has previously hosted both the Clippers and the Los Angeles Lakers at The Forum, before the two franchises moved to the Staples Center in downtown Los Angeles at the beginning of the 1999-2000 season.

The Clippers' lease at Staples Center expires in 2024 and the project in Inglewood, which is entirely privately funded, is due for completion in the fall of the same year.

Before work can begin, however, the Clippers must overcome a legal challenge from Madison Square Garden, which has owned The Forum since 2011.

The Madison Square Garden Company has repeatedly stated that a new arena in Inglewood would put in direct competition with The Forum in regards to hosting concerts and other major events.

The Clippers, however, filed a countersuit in December last year, suggesting the company was deliberately trying to prevent competition.

"We won't go into the details of any of the legal things, but we feel good that we will be able to build our building," Ballmer was quoted as saying by ESPN.

"Litigation is never a good thing. Madison Square Garden is certainly going to oppose in every way they can. They will continue to oppose us in a variety of different ways, and yet we feel confident that we will be able to get our building built by 2024, which is when our lease ends at Staples."

The arena will feature a three-dimensional oval design, with diamond-shaped metal panels on top of the building designed to resemble a basketball with the Clippers' logo swishing through a net.

The panels are solar panels to provide maximum energy efficiency and make the most of Southern California's climate.

The Clippers believe the project will create 1,500 permanent jobs on top of the 10,000 positions that will be filled during the construction process. The franchise added that, once completed, the arena and the complex should generate economic activity worth around $268 million every year.

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(L-R) Head coach Doc Rivers, Paul George, Kawhi Leonard and owner Steve Ballmer of the Los Angeles Clippers attend the Paul George and Kawhi Leonard introductory press conference at Green Meadows Recreation Center on July 24 in Los Angeles, California. Kevork Djansezian/Getty

Inglewood Mayor James T. Butts welcomed the prospect of a new arena in Inglewood and suggested the Clippers' proposed return to the area would have a positive impact on the community.

"Over the past three years, the Ballmers and the Clippers have repeatedly demonstrated their commitment to improving communities like Inglewood," he said.

"The Clippers' presence in our city will create a sustainable revenue source and boost civic pride, revitalizing our community for years to come."

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