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LA Clippers reveal new $1.8bn home

The Intuit dome will stand next to the recently completed SoFi stadium and when completed will act as an advanced arena, outdoor plaza and entertainment venue. The project broke ground this week and the stadium is designed to hold 18,000 people.

The structurally efficient and visually striking design will optimize opportunities for intimate engagement with community and fans. Defined by a steel frame, its diagrid geometry was inspired by the shape of a basketball net at the moment the ball passes through it.

Core design team

Slated to be open in time for the 2024-25 NBA season, the core design team includes engineering firms AECOM, Henderson Engineering and Labib Funk & Associates. Anderson Baker Architects, Hood Design Studio and City Design Studio. Walter P Moore will provide structural engineering and diagnostics.

The Intuit Dome sports an indoor-outdoor design approach that takes advantage of the Southern California climate. The entrance and upper concourse will be naturally ventilated and the solar-optimized building shell will balance solar gain and natural light. The Intuit Dome also sports solar panels and on-site battery storage. If necessary, these can generate enough power to run an NBA Finals game off-grid.

The Inglewood venue is named for the California based financial software company who were looking to align themselves with the fans and community.

Indoor-outdoor experience

The new stadium takes its design cues from the Deer District in Milwaukee, the area outside the Fiserv Forum home of 2021 NBA champs the Milwaukee Bucks.

The innovative entertainment district and plaza brought the thrill of the Finals to an estimated 65,000 fans. The atmosphere and cohesive game day experience was arguably the MVP of the 2021 season and it's unsurprising that other teams are seeking to emulate the same strategy.

The tie-up with Intuit means the area outside the dome will house the Prosperity Hub School District which teaches students about their finances and entrepreneurship, while Intuit will also provide tax assistance to low income families.

The 80,000 sq ft plaza will also feature a team merchandising store, restaurants, bars and a regulation size basketball court for use by youth leagues. There's also the obligatory big screen and 199 game clocks designed to get fans into their seats in a hurry.

Bringing the fans closer

Clippers chairman Steve Ballmer says he likes the energy of a dome and says it makes the statement that the team is there to build a basketball mecca. Unsurprisingly, the Microsoft alum has focused his privately financed dome on technology-driven solutions but to a surprisingly human end.

At the heart of the dome is the Wall, an uninterrupted 51 rows of seats behind the baseline that will host 5,000 fans. AECOM were tasked with bringing the seats as close to the pitch as possible without compromising comfort. A fan in row 20 at the Intuit Dome is 45 feet closer to the action than they are at Staples Center.

Above them. AECOM has engineered the roof to accommodate an acre's worth of LED lights in double sided halo boards that won't block sight lines. Ballmer wants to give every fan the opportunity to be in their seats and cheering for the Clippers when the venue finally opens in 2024.

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