Intuit Dome, the Los Angeles Clippers’ new home in Inglewood, California, promises to revolutionize basketball stadium standards as we move closer to its completion date.
With plans to open for the 2024-25 season, Clippers owner Steve Ballmer is looking forward to his 2 billion dollar dome having advanced technology and amenities that pays homage to Los Angeles’ vibrant, modern culture.
Carbon-neutral energy will fuel the arena, and the dome pledges comfortability for every type of fan. Ballmer says upper bowl fans will “have same-sized seats” to avoid “cram[ing] up there.”
“I had to make sure the upper bowl was good,” said Ballmer. “We really wanted to say, `Hey, you may not be able to sit as close to the court, but that doesn’t mean you have to be uncomfortable. Normally people cram up there. We’ll have the same-sized seats.”– Steve Ballmer told the Los Angeles Times.
The Clippers will have a home dedicated to its fans, who no longer have to share with three other sports leagues. Get ready to experience Los Angeles basketball like never before. Here is everything you need to know about the Clippers’ new Intuit Dome!
Design and Architecture
Los Angeles-based architecture firm AECOM heads the dome’s design and structure. The dome’s skin encompasses diagonally intersecting metal panels woven together, forming diamond shapes.
The team’s administrative offices, training facility, and community amenities will all be in one location.
AECOM states the dome will be fully electric and naturally ventilated, running on batteries and solar power with enough energy storage to power full basketball games or concerts. Intuit dome is the first large-scale venue committed to monitoring its impact on greenhouse gas emissions and transportation.
Features that Set the Intuit Dome Apart
The Clippers have infamously been known as second-fiddle to the Lakers in Los Angeles, and Steve Ballmer is tired of it. That notion is the driving force behind the Clippers’ building their own space.
Ballmer told ESPN, “We needed to say, ‘We’re our own guys. We don’t play in the same place as the other guys. We’re going to have our own identity.” The Intuit Dome will reflect Ballmer’s vision with new and exciting features that separates them from the competition.
Daktronics, an American manufacturer of displays, scoreboards, and digital billboards, will design the Clippers’ game-changing halo scoreboard. The Intuit Dome will feature the largest-ever two-sided halo display that stretches around the entire dome, allowing comfortable sighting from all seats and prioritizing the viewing experience of upper-bowl fans. The halo display will comprise more than 3,592 60-inch televisions and more than 233 million LEDs, all in 4K.
The Intuit Dome will have sections with courtside seats that have all the perks of a suite. Fans will enjoy a private, luxurious area located at floor level behind the baseline, including food and drinks. Fans can enjoy all the amenities and privacy of a suite experience while still being just steps away from the court.
The Intuit Dome will feature one exclusive suite level optimized for sight line, comfort, and entertainment.
Clippers fans can use the Halo Suites to host memorable events at games or concerts. These suites will provide guests with an exclusive experience and a great view of the court.
Private Backstage Bungalows
The Backstage Bungalows will offer access to in-venue entertainment, all-inclusive food and beverage, and comfort. Fans will have exclusive privacy and an “escape for pregame and halftime, with spacious sideline lower bowl seating to enjoy the event,” said the Clippers.
The Halo Lofts offers comfortable, luxurious 4-person boxes, all-inclusive pregame dining, and concierge service, suitable for small, intimate gatherings. Host family or friends and entertain clients while enjoying a luxury box view of thrilling events.
Seating supplier DreamSeat will design and provide Intuit Dome’s seats. DreamSeat will supply multiple seating options, including 13,000 general admission seats, 2,000 club seats, 800 suite seats, 400 seats in the halo lofts, and 1,200 retractable seats. The seats have integrated technology to allow ordering food and beverage without getting up.
Gillian Zucker, The Clippers President of Business Operations, says the seats are chosen by Steve Balmer himself and are tested to provide extra legroom for maximum comfortability.
Intuit Dome, Los Angeles Clippers’ new arena, will surely be a hit with fans. Between its cutting-edge technology and positive environmental impact, this arena was designed with every type of fan in mind. No matter what kind of seat you choose, you’ll have an enjoyable view for a great experience.