Partnership Breaks Ground on $1.8B Arena for Los Angeles Clippers in Inglewood, California
INGLEWOOD, CALIF. — A public-private partnership between Murphy’s Bowl LLC and the City of Inglewood has broken ground on Intuit Dome, a 915,000-square-foot basketball and events arena in Inglewood that will serve as the home of the Los Angeles Clippers. Murphy’s Bowl is a development entity backed by the Los Angeles Clippers. San Francisco-based developer and investor Wilson Meany is also part of the project, which is expected to cost $1.8 billion, according to the Los Angeles Times.
Named Intuit Dome, the arena will be the future home of the National Basketball Association’s (NBA) LA Clippers, which is led by chairman and former Microsoft executive Steve Ballmer. The venue is slated for completion by the 2024-2025 NBA season.
The Clippers hosted a ceremony today to celebrate the start of construction on the arena. Star Clippers players Kawhi Leonard and Paul George attended the groundbreaking, as well as Clippers head coach Tyronn Lue.
The Intuit Dome will host Clippers’ home games as well as non-Clippers sporting events, family shows, concerts, conventions and corporate events. Intuit Dome will have an 85,000-square-foot team practice and athletic training facility, approximately 71,000 square feet of offices for the Clippers’ staff and a 25,000-square-foot sports medicine clinic. The project will also be used for community space and retail uses with an 80,000-square-foot outdoor plaza and 48,000 square feet of retail and restaurant space on two levels.
The arena will be located on a 28-acre site between Prairie Avenue and Century Boulevard and near SoFi Stadium, the new home arena for the Los Angeles Rams football team. The 18,000-seat basketball arena will have a roof that is designed to look like a basketball going through a net.
The arena will include technology advancements such as concession stations that will scan what visitors grab from it, so that there is no need for checkout lines. Technology will also be used to make parking, entering the dome and getting merchandise easier for fans. The Intuit Dome will also include a two-sided, halo-shaped scoreboard, five full-sized basketball courts and 640 bathrooms.
For the dome, the LA Clippers have signed a 23-year naming rights deal with Intuit, a global technology platform whose brands include TurboTax, QuickBooks and Credit Karma.
“When we began the search for a partner for the LA Clippers and our new dome, we looked for one that shares our passion for technology, the pursuit of innovation and our commitment to customers, fans and community,” says Ballmer. “Intuit is a perfect fit and we’re excited to be calling our future home the Intuit Dome.”
In 2020, the City of Inglewood voted to approve the plans for the Intuit Dome. The LA Clippers committed to the City of Inglewood for a community benefits package that will produce about $260 million in yearly economic activity for the area.
Since 1999, the home for the LA Clippers has been the Staples Center, which the team shared with the Los Angeles Lakers, but the LA Clippers will be the only tenant at the Intuit Dome, according to the Times. The news outlet also stated the Clippers’ lease at the Staples Center ends in 2024.
Legends Project Development is managing the Intuit Dome project. AECOM, Baker Anderson, City Design and Hood Design Group are the architects for the project, while AECOM Turner NBA JV is the contractor, according to Wilson Meany.
— Julia Sanders