By Anthony Caruso III | Publisher
The Los Angeles Clippers have announced plans to leave The Staples Center. They have been at their current location with the Los Angeles Lakers since the arena opened in 1999.
Before playing at The Staples Center, the team played their home games at the Los Angeles Memorial Sports Arena. The Lakers, before moving into The Staples Center, played at The Forum in Inglewood, California.
The Clippers announced on Thursday night plans to build a privately-funded arena in Inglewood. The press release said the new proposed arena would be located at the West Century Boulevard between South Prairie Avenue and South Yukon Avenue.
Besides having the team’s arena on the property, the location will also house the team’s training facility. It’ll also have the team’s business and basketball operation departments, along with community and retain space.
“My goal is simple,” Clippers Chairman and Owner Steve Ballmer said. “I want the Clippers to have the best home in all of sports. What that means to me is an unparalleled environment for players, for fans, for sponsors, and for the community for Inglewood. Our goal is to build a facility that re-sets fans’ expectations while having a transformative impact on the city we will call home.”
The location will be known as the Inglewood Basketball & Entertainment Center. It’ll use vacant land near the Los Angeles International Airport.
This is expected to be completed by the fall of 2024. That is also the time that the Clippers lease with The Staples Center ends.
“Inglewood is a diverse, dynamic community blessed with a skilled workforce, emerging infrastructure and a bold economic blueprint for the future,” Gillian Zucker, Clippers President of Business Operations, said. “In addition to the thousands of jobs, this facility will create for the local community, we are equally committed to working with our new neighbors in the continuing renaissance developing in the City of Inglewood.”