In a way, it seems fitting that the NBA’s Los Angeles Clippers, an upstart basketball team looking to create its own identity with a new arena, has chosen Inglewood. Like the Clippers, Inglewood is a city looking to revitalize its image.
For years, the city, located about a dozen miles southwest of downtown Los Angeles, has battled a negative perception as a troubled, minority, poor city, Mayor James T. Butts told Bisnow Friday.
Inglewood may not have just acquired NBA All-Stars Kawhi Leonard and Paul George like the Clippers have, but the city is on its own upward economic trajectory. The Clippers — long the ugly, loser stepchild to the favored, storied Lakers in LA — are just the latest business looking to build a new headquarters in Inglewood, a city of 110,000, mostly African Americans.
The Girl Scouts of Greater Los Angeles recently opened a new headquarters here and several commercial developments are in the pipeline. Stan Kroenke, the owner of the Los Angeles Rams NFL team, is currently under construction on the $2.6B Los Angeles Stadium and Entertainment District, or LASED, in the city, the centerpiece of which will be a 3.1M SF multipurpose stadium with capacity for close to 100,000 spectators.
Then, the Clippers announced Thursday they would build a $1.1B mixed-use development anchored by an 18,500-seat basketball arena. The proposed Inglewood Basketball and Entertainment Center by Murphy’s Bowl, a Clippers-owned company, will house the team’s entire basketball operations.
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