More details have emerged on NBA basketball franchise the Los Angeles Clippers’ proposed new arena in Inglewood, with the venue to form part of a wide-ranging complex that also features a practice facility, team offices and other amenities.
The City of Inglewood disclosed the details in the notice of preparation of a draft environmental impact report. The arena has tentatively been named the Inglewood Basketball and Entertainment Center.
The arena would have a capacity of 18,000 and could be fitted with up to 500 extra temporary seats for other events. The wider complex would incorporate an 85,000-square-foot team practice and athletic training facility, approximately 55,000 square feet of team office space, a sports medicine clinic, retail space, an outdoor plaza, outdoor basketball courts, an outdoor community gathering space and parking facilities. The arena has been proposed for the intersection of South Praire Avenue and West Century.
The Clippers currently play at Staples Center in Downtown Los Angeles, an arena the team shares with fellow NBA team the Los Angeles Lakers and NHL ice hockey franchise the Los Angeles Kings.
The team confirmed last June that it had entered into a three-year negotiating agreement with the City of Inglewood that will give the team a window to explore building a new arena, training facilities and team offices in the city.
The proposed site is close to the new stadium being built for Los Angeles’ two NFL American football teams, the Rams and the Chargers
The Clippers have played at Staples Center since 1999 and the team’s lease for the venue expires in 2024.
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