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Los Angeles Clippers to break ground on new arena Sept. 17

Oct 22, 2019; Los Angeles, CA, USA; LA Clippers owner Steve Ballmer reacts after the game against the Los Angeles Lakers  at Staples Center. The Clippers defeated the Lakers 112-102.  Mandatory Credit: Kirby Lee-USA TODAY Sports
Oct 22, 2019; Los Angeles, CA, USA; LA Clippers owner Steve Ballmer reacts after the game against the Los Angeles Lakers at Staples Center. The Clippers defeated the Lakers 112-102. Mandatory Credit: Kirby Lee-USA TODAY Sports

The Los Angeles Clippers will break ground Sept. 17 on their new $1.8 billion arena in Inglewood, Calif.

Festivities will begin at 10 a.m. local time at the building site at West Century Boulevard and South Prairie Avenue. The arena will be located just south of SoFi Stadium, the splashy, $5 billion home of the Los Angeles Rams and Chargers.

A number of local dignitaries and team officials will take part in the ceremony, including owner Steve Ballmer, coach Tyronn Lue and stars Kawhi Leonard and Paul George.

Hopes are the Clippers can move into their new home in time for the 2024-25 season and continue to carve their own identity. They long have been viewed as Los Angeles’ second team and have shared the Staples Center with the Lakers since 1999.

The Lakers formerly played at The Forum in Inglewood, which is adjacent to SoFi Stadium, and the Clippers previously occupied the Los Angeles Memorial Sports Arena, which was torn down in 2016.

The Inglewood arena is expected to hold about 18,000 seats.

–Field Level Media