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Basketball Net Inspired Arena Los Angeles

AECOM has unveiled a new design for a “basketball net-inspired” 900,000-square-foot arena for the LA Clippers in Inglewood. Working with Anderson Barker Architects, the City Design Studio of Los Angeles, and Hood Studios, the team’s proposal includes a solar panel tile cladding system around the building and sunken basketball court. The project’s facade was designed to symbolize the diamond shapes in a basketball net.

Funded by owner Steve Ballmer, the new 26-acre Inglewood Basketball & Entertainment Complex would house everything from the Clippers’ corporate headquarters to the team’s training facility. The team currently practices in playa vista with a business office in downtown Los Angeles and plays in Staples Center. The arena complex will be entirely privately financed, use no public money and will require no additional infrastructure surrounding the site to be paid for by the city. Renderings show three parking garages, a sports medicine clinic, spaces for parks and educational facilities, restaurants and businesses and an indoor court available to the community.

The goal was to have the best home in all of sports said Clippers Chairman Steve Ballmer. It is to build a facility that re-sets fans’ expectations while having a transformative impact on the city. The Clippers campus is also designed to achieve net zero greenhouse gas emissions through a combination of carbon offset credits and sustainable design features. The Clippers arena aims to begin construction in 2021 and open three years later as its lease at Staples ends in 2024.