LOS ANGELES – The Los Angeles Clippers are a little more than a year into building an arena they can truly call home – Intuit Dome.
After breaking ground in September 2021, the team looks to play in the 18,000-seat arena in Inglewood for the 2024-25 season. AECOM and Hunt and Turner are working as a joint venture in serving as construction manager of the $2 billion facility that the team has touted as “climate positive.” The Clippers, with partner Aspiration, have plans for the arena to be fully electric through batteries and solar power with enough on-site energy storage to power a basketball game.
Clippers president of business operations, Gillian Zucker, sat down with USA TODAY to provide an update on the construction progress, what unique arena features will give the team homecourt advantage and how team owner Steve Ballmer chose the seats for Intuit Dome.
Intuit Dome, the Los Angeles Clippers new arena, will feature a wall of people in the end zone. No suites or club seating will break up the seats, which the Clippers believe will provide home-court advantage.
Q: Does it seem like it’s been a year since you broke ground?
Zucker: “When you look at how much progress has been made out there, it seems like it should’ve been much longer. It’s moving along so well. You can walk on some of the concourse levels. You can go into areas where the clubs are going to be. The roof will be going in shortly. It’s pretty exciting. They’ve gotten a lot done in just a year.”
Q: The cost, seen a couple of numbers – $1.2 billion and $2 billion. What’s the exact cost?
Zucker: “Actually, it fluctuates, which is probably why you’ve seen different numbers. When we first started the project, it was in that $1.2 billion range. Post COVID, there’s been a lot of changes and supply change and cost of materials, etc. So we have seen some inflation on the cost of the building. Probably more like the $2 billion range.”
Q: What amenities are going to make this arena unique?
Zucker: There are a few things that are really special about it from an architecture standpoint. First one is in one of the end zones…
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Publish date : 2022-11-23 11:03:57
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