The two Los Angeles teams have shared Staples Center as their home stadium since 1999, when the Clippers left the Memorial Sports Arena behind and the Lakers their revered Forum. However, although the theory dictates that the site belongs to both equally along with the Los Angeles Kings, the nature of the franchises has always left the Clippers as guests in the shadow of the team that has already hung 6 championship skirts on the ceiling. . Therefore, when Steve Balmer took ownership of the team in 2014 it was clear to him. The Los Angeles Clippers should have their own stadium, and we are getting closer and closer to ‘poor brother’ fans calling the Intuit Dome home.
This morning the organization announced the closing of the agreements for its move to the Inglewood stadium, not far from the old Forum. The opening date of the venue and the subsequent premiere of the Clippers in their new home is scheduled to be the 2024-25 season. Steve Balmer has reached an agreement with Intuit Inc., a technology company, to finance the 2 billion dollars it will cost to get it up and running. Especially characterized by its roof full of LED panels in which visual spectacles will be performed outside, its appearance may be reminiscent of stadiums such as the German Allianz Arena.
You can tell that Balmer was eager to break the news to his fans, and he has shown it with his usual enthusiasm. “We use that expression of ‘LA in our own way.’ And we are building our own identity. Rival fans are beginning to feel somewhat threatened, but that is that we are doing things well ” He said during the presentation the owner of the Los Angeles Clippers.
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