Basketball swishing through a net by AECOM !

National Basketball Association team the Los Angeles Clippers has unveiled AECOM’s design for its new 900,000 sq. foot arena which is said to be inspired by a basketball swishing through a net.

The 18,500 capacity stadium located on West Century Boulevard between South Prairie Avenue and South Yukon Avenue will incorporate the team’s business and basketball offices, training facility, community, and retail spaces.

The new arena, named Inglewood Basketball & Entertainment Center, is proposed to have a three-dimensional oval design with an eclectic exterior of diamond-shaped metal panels. In addition to the attractive aesthetics, the clippers campus will achieve net-zero greenhouse gas emissions through a combination of carbon offset credits and sustainable design features. The panels have been designed to provide solar benefit for maximum energy efficiency, as part of the facility’s LEED GOLD certified design.

The facility’s most striking feature is the integration of indoor-outdoor “sky gardens” as the architectural team intends to highlight the temperate climate of Southern California.

Working with Anderson Barker Architects, the City Design Studio of Los Angeles, and Hood Studios, the team’s proposal also includes multipurpose plaza complete with a concert stage, community basketball courts, and space for the community to gather and watch everything from Playoff games to movie premiers on a supersized LED Screen. The landscape areas for food and beverages will be accessible from every concourse level. 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.

“My goal is simple. I want the Clippers to have the best home in all f sports,” said Clippers Chairman Steve Ballmer. “What that means to me is an unparalleled environment for players, for fans, for sponsors and the community of Inglewood. Our goal is to build a facility that re-sets fans: expectations while having a transformative impact on the city we will call home.”

At present, the Clippers practices in Playa Vista with a business office downtown to Los Angeles. The team shares a stadium at the Staples Centre with the Los Angeles Lakers.

According to the Team’s website, the complex will not use any public money and will be entirely privately financed. It will require no additional infrastructure surrounding the site to be paid for by the city.

The project’s construction is expected to create an estimated 10,000 construction jobs and more than 1,500 permanent jobs, with local hire components in place to fill 30 percent of available construction jobs with local labor and 35 percent of the available arena operation jobs with residents.

When completed, the complex will generate an estimated US$268m in economic activity for Inglewood annually and more than US$190m in new tax revenue from 2020-2045. Construction for the Inglewood Basketball & Entertainment Centre is expected to begin in 2021 with an opening planned for 2024.

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