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The Los Angeles Clippers celebrated construction for the team’s new Inglewood arena kicking off on Friday with a name announcement.
The 18,000-person arena will open for the 2024-2025 season as the Intuit Dome thanks to a 23-year naming-rights deal struck between the Clippers and financial software company Intuit, the team announced.
“When we began the search for a partner for the LA Clippers and our new dome, we looked for one that shares our passion for technology, the pursuit of innovation and our commitment to customers, fans and community,” Clippers Chairman Steve Ballmer said in a released statement. “Intuit is a perfect fit and we’re excited to be calling our future home the Intuit Dome.”
Expected to cost $1.8 billion, the long-awaited arena is becoming reality after several years of negotiation and planning. The project finally received approval from the Inglewood City Council last September in a key step toward the team’s planned move from Staples Center, the current home it shares with the Los Angeles Lakers.
The Clippers’ new home will have a variety of bells and whistles. Inside the arena will be a 44,000-square-foot, halo-shaped LED board above the court, as well as a home-court-advantage-strengthening section called “The Wall”: 51 rows of seats holding almost 5,000 fans at full capacity.
The multi-billion-dollar project will also bring an 80,000-square-foot outdoor plaza with bars, restaurants, an 8,000-square-foot team store, and an outdoor court. Plans also call for a “Court B” replica of the game court for community, charity, and other events, as well as an 86,000-square-foot team practice facility.
The project also involves a $100 million community benefits package for Inglewood and the creation of 7,000 jobs during construction, with the Clippers committed to ensuring that 30 percent of permanent jobs at Intuit Dome go to Inglewood residents.
The development manager for Intuit Dome is Legends Project Development. The project team includes AECOM, which is leading design, as well as a joint venture of Turner Construction Company and AECOM Hunt, which is leading construction.