North American National Basketball Association (NBA) franchise the Los Angeles Clippers could break ground on its new arena in Inglewood, California before the end of August. 

According to The Morning Column, Mayor of Inglewood James Butts is keen for work to begin on the facility in the coming weeks.

The team has been based at Staples Center in downtown Los Angeles since 1999, but plans for the new Inglewood arena were drawn in up 2017, with the idea of starting work this year. 

This schedule was confirmed in 2019 when renderings of the new arena were published, with the Clippers aiming to move in by 2024 when the team’s current lease on Staples Center ends.

“We hope to have them break ground before the end of August for the venue to be open for the first season in 2024,” Butts said. “The Clippers arena will be done in time for the 2024-25 NBA season.”

The Inglewood Basketball and Entertainment Center (IBEC) receiving final approval for the project nearly a year ago, with the NBA team opening a waiting list for season tickets and other selected arena experiences.

The development will feature an 18,000-seat basketball arena, a team practice facility and corporate offices for the Clippers.

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