The Clippers $1.2 Billion Stadium; What We Know So Far

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Steve Balmer has spared no expense on his ongoing investments into the Los Angeles Clippers. After purchasing the team in 2014 for $2 billion from disgraced former owner Donald Sterling, he is now set to invest another 1.2 for a new stadium in Inglewood California. Here’s what we know so far…

  1. 1. The Clippers New Address is 3939 W 102nd St, Inglewood, CA 90303, United States

The site of the new Clippers stadium isn’t 30 minutes away from the Lakers Staples Center. While it is much better than sharing a stadium with their rivals, you can still expect that Clippers – Lakers games will be dominated by Laker Nation. 

2. There’s a section of the stadium that will be baseline to nose bleeds, 51 consecutive rows.

In an attempt to replicate eye candy that is the green monster of fenway park, the architects and Balmer have elected to make a portion of the stadium just 51 straight rows of seating. There will be standing room only in the middle, and it will be situated right behind the opposing team’s net. 

I personally like this idea, with the comfort of watching the game at home being so much more appealing to the average fan lately, I am in favor of the new facilities implementing more ideas that add to the atmosphere of the game. But, in a COVID era, how much of an obstacle will this be if social distancing is required again. For major games, like against the Lakers, how will security be able to navigate this section? But generally, this idea is a winner to me

3. Lots of LED’s and Toilets

This stadium will have 44,000sq feet of LED lights. I don’t know, that just sounds like a lot. The center of all these lights will be the halo shaped scoreboard wrapping around the ceiling of the court. The shape will be as such so that all fans will have an unimpeded view of Kawhi and PG.

The Intuit Dome also will pride itself on the plentiful toilets available to their fans. In a weird flex, Balmer announced that their toilet – fan ratio will be double that of any existing stadium in the NBA. While it’s a funny commitment at face value, this will truly expedite the fan experience with fewer lines to use the facilities while the game is going on. Balmer is committed to having as many fans as possible within the stands during the games, and having extra toilets will surely help.

4. The Facility is Making a Conscious Effort to be Eco-Friendly 

Want more toilet talk? Okay! The facility is using low-flow water facilities that are supposed to reduce water intake by 95% in the arena. But further than that, the Intuit Dome & Balmer announced one of their first partners with the production, which will be Aspiration. Through this partnership, a portion of each game ticket sold at an Intuit Dome event will be used for forest replenishment, to help offset the emissions used at the facility. It’s actually more personalized than just that. An algorithm is used to estimate your personal travel to the game, calculates the approximate emissions caused by your travel, then offers you a sum that can be used to offset said emissions through forest replenishment. This will be an option that you can opt-out of however, and is in no way mandatory for ticket purchasers.

Want more toilet talk? Okay! The facility is using low-flow water facilities that are supposed to reduce water intake by 95% in the arena. But further than that, the Intuit Dome & Balmer announced one of their first partners with the production, which will be Aspiration. Through this partnership, a portion of each game ticket sold at an Intuit Dome event will be used for forest replenishment, to help offset the emissions used at the facility. It’s actually more personalized than just that. An algorithm is used to estimate your personal travel to the game, calculates the approximate emissions caused by your travel, then offers you a sum that can be used to offset said emissions through forest replenishment. This will be an option that you can opt-out of however, and is in no way mandatory for ticket purchasers. 

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