Steve Ballmer reiterated the importance of the Los Angeles Clippers having their own arena.
The team is currently proposing a stadium in Inglewood, although there still remains several hurdles in the process.
“[We] need our own house...we’re going through the permitting process. And an environmental process, and we’re going through that right now. We have some folks pushing back on us, primarily Madison Square Garden and the Knicks, if you will. They own The Forum, which is a concert venue, and they don’t want to see a new concert venue, which any new basketball arena would be. So we’re getting some pushback," said Ballmer.
Ballmer set 2024 as his target date for a new space, and says he wants to build an arena for basketball fans.
“We’re not putting hockey in the building. I don’t think most people know just how big a difference it can make to not have hockey. You get everybody closer to the floor. The sightlines are a lot better. We’re talking about how much leg room to give people, how much width. I like energy. I want people pumping and thumping in the seats. But you’ve still got to have some bars and clubs. We’re trying to pull you back in. Some buildings, in my opinion, try and push you out a little bit to the bars and clubs. Then it’s more of a different kind of social experience. We’re trying to support both. But we want people who really love the game in the building.”