Friday, October 7 2022

Finally, the Los Angeles Clippers return to KTLA.

This season, you’ll be able to catch 15 upcoming Clippers games exclusively on Channel 5. It’s a reunion for both organizations, as KTLA hosted the Clippers from 1985-1991 and again from 2002-2009.

Team owner Steve Ballmer gave KTLA a tour of the construction site that will soon be known as the Intuit Dome.

Ballmer said his team is trying to make the game day experience “accessible”, allowing anyone with a TV to tune in. And that means putting the clips back on TV.

“It allows us to enlighten our fan base in a new way and we are thrilled to partner with KTLA.”

Ballmer visits the construction site monthly to see firsthand the progress of the $2 billion dome.

Air conditioning units are installed, beams are stacked higher and, perhaps Ballmer’s favorite part, concrete has been poured for the steep seating section affectionately known as “The Wall”.

“It brings everyone closer to the ground, to the break, to the energy, we’re going to do some special things,” Ballmer said.

Ballmer considers the arena his baby, and like any proud parent, he takes his own video to capture the growing progress.

On Tuesday, the former Microsoft CEO and the NBA’s wealthiest owner, took the time to meet the local teams building the 18,000-seat arena, stopping to take photos with the team and sign signatures. floppy disks. Yes – do you remember?

With his technical background, Ballmer knows the basketball world expects this dome to be packed with new technology. He says yes, but each technological advance will serve a distinct purpose.

“It’s really important that we think about technology in service of the fan experience, but there will be things that people haven’t seen before,” Ballmer said.

Among those pitfalls is a huge elliptical scoreboard, similar to what you see at SoFi Stadium, but for the first time in a basketball arena. There are also wider seats, more toilets to bring you back to the action, and even air-conditioned sections that allow fans to let arena staff know if it’s too hot or too cold where they are. sat.

The arena will take a while to complete, but in the meantime, there’s a brand new season of Clippers basketball on the schedule. Perhaps no one is more excited than the owner himself.

“I’m a little itchy, baby. We have a great team, you know, we’ve put ourselves in a position to do great things this year.

The first preseason game approaches in 10 days when the Clippers face an Israeli pro team in Seattle.

Then you can see the Clippers throughout the season, with KTLA broadcasts ending April 1, 2023 in a game against New Orleans. If things go according to plan, the Intuit Dome will be ready for the 2024-25 season.


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