The NBA’s LA Clippers will officially break ground on their new $1.8 billion Inglewood arena on Friday, September 17.
A number of local dignitaries and team officials will take part in the ceremony, including owner Steve Ballmer, coach Tyronn Lue and stars Kawhi Leonard and Paul George.
Start of construction comes after the Inglewood Basketball and Entertainment Center (IBEC) was last year given final approval from California’s Inglewood City Council.
The world-class campus will include an 18,000-seat basketball arena, team practice facility and corporate offices for the LA Clippers.
IBEC will create more than 7,000 full and part-time construction jobs and up to 1,500 permanent full and part-time jobs when the complex opens.
The privately financed IBEC project will include a world-class facility that is uniquely designed to prioritise fan comfort and ease, player experience, home court advantage and community.
IBEC will reimagine live entertainment, creating a new standard for live experiences all on its own. The one-of-a-kind facility will be set within an open, indoor-outdoor atmosphere that showcases what the world loves best about Southern California.
IBEC will generate an estimated $260 million in annual economic activity for Inglewood and approximately $100 million in tax revenue over the first 15 years of operation.
In August last year, the Clippers announced a global partnership with CAA Sports, a division of Creative Artists Agency, to bring to market the naming rights for the arena.
The arena will be scheduled to open for the 2024-25 NBA season.
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