Since he took over as owner, Ballmer has tried to burnish the image of the Clippers. Former Microsoft CEO Steve Ballmer purchased the team in 2014 and for the past year has been searching for a site to build the team its own arena.More news: Sabres expected to name Phil Housley as next head coach
The ENA is subject to approval by the Inglewood City Council, which could happen as early as Thursday morning when the matter is expected to be voted on. Kroenke's plans call for retail and residential (and possibly some office space) around the stadium, and a new arena to house the Clippers and other events certainly would fit in with that model. Clippers owner Steve Ballmer would reportedly pay for all construction costs. The old Forum is right next to the Rams stadium project meaning Inglewood would have two state of the art arenas in the same city. The team's lease to play at Staples Center runs through June 2024. Ballmer became agitated with the arrangement fairly early in his ownership, sources said. The Lakers and Kings also share the arena, which is owned by Anschutz Entertainment Group.More news: Rafael Nadal dominates in winning record 10th French Open
They are the only tenant at Staples Center without a championship banner or a retired jersey.More news: Nashville Predators vs. Pittsburgh Penguins - 6/3/17 NHL Pick, Odds, and Prediction
What he needs, and what he's wanted, is a new arena that is all Clippers. Past year that stairway was named the "Ralph Lawler Media and Team Member Entry", in honor of the Clippers' longtime play-by-play announcer. Where exactly would an arena be built in Inglewood remains to be seen. It is now one of the premier concert destinations in Los Angeles.