(Photo : FREDERIC J. BROWN/AFP by way of Getty Images) The emblem of the Los Angeles Clippers is seen throughout a press convention in Los Angeles on July 24, 2019.
NBA Commissioner Adam Silver has formally introduced that the Los Angeles Clippers will host the 2026 NBA All-Star Weekend festivities at their upcoming Intuit Dome.
Scheduled to open in August of this 12 months, the Intuit Dome would be the Clippers’ new house venue ranging from the 2024-25 NBA season. This marks the primary occasion the place the NBA awarded an All-Star Game to an area nonetheless below development.
Footage captured by NBC Sports author Kurt Helin in January 2024 revealed that the world is nearing completion, showcasing an put in basketball courtroom and employees taking a break to shoot some hoops.
Where is Intuit Dome situated?
The Intuit Dome is located in Inglewood, California, adjoining to the Kia Forum, generally generally known as The Forum. The Forum served as the previous house of the Los Angeles Lakers from 1967 to 1999.
The Clippers have shared a house area with the Lakers in downtown Los Angeles because the 1999-00 season on the Crypto.com Arena, previously the Staples Center. Their present lease will expire on the finish of the 2023-24 NBA season.
Before that, the Clippers performed their house video games on the Los Angeles Memorial Sports Arena from 1984.
How a lot did Steve Ballmer spend on constructing the Intuit Dome?
Ballmer has privately financed the world, investing roughly $2 billion in its development, roughly equal to the quantity he spent to buy all the Clippers franchise in 2014.
In developing the Dome, Clippers proprietor Steve Ballmer needed to purchase The Forum for $400 million from The Madison Square Garden Company to resolve a authorized dispute that aimed to dam its development.
The area is supplied with thrice as many bogs and urinals in comparison with different NBA arenas, translating to shorter wait instances for attendees.
The dynamic of sharing the world with the Lakers
Two Clippers gamers, ahead Paul George and guard Terance Mann, shed gentle on the intriguing and unusual dynamic of sharing a house area with the traditionally extra profitable and common Los Angeles Lakers.
During Mann’s look on George’s Podcast P present, the duo mentioned how the Clippers typically really feel like “little brothers” on the Crypto.com Arena (previously the Staples Center).
George talked about that the Clippers share a weight room with the Lakers inside the world, the place some gymnasium tools bears LeBron James’ emblem, and Clippers gamers aren’t permitted to make use of it.
Mann added that the majority area employees are Lakers followers and identified variations in on-court lighting throughout house video games.
George elaborated on the distinction, describing the Lakers’ ambiance as extra upscale, creating an general feeling harking back to Lakers city.
Both gamers agreed that they’re handled in another way by area employees in comparison with gamers sporting purple and gold.
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