The Los Angeles Clippers are on their way to having their own stadium for the first time. Scheduled to open ahead of the 2024-25 NBA season, the Intuit Dome will boast a state-of-the-art halo video board, increased leg room and an uninterrupted wall of 4,700 seats behind the opponent’s bench.
But what is a feature that owner Steve Ballmer is especially excited about?
“Toilets!” he said during a press conference Tuesday at the construction site in Inglewood, California. “1,160 toilets and urinals, three times the NBA average! … We don’t want people waiting in line. We want them to get back to their damn seats.”
As of Wednesday afternoon, a video of his remarks posted by Washington Post reporter Ben Golliver has more than 1.6 million views.
He was touring the $2 billion facility with Clippers stars Paul George and Kawhi Leonard.
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The Clippers currently play at Crypto.com Arena, which they share with the Los Angeles Lakers, WNBA’s Los Angeles Sparks and NHL’s Los Angeles Kings.
Ballmer purchased the team in 2014 for $2 billion after previous owner Donald Sterling was banned for life by the NBA after racist remarks made by Sterling were made public. Ballmer, the former Microsoft CEO, has pledged to make the Clippers as venerable as the neighboring Lakers, who have 17 championships. Even though the Clippers don’t have a title yet, the owner believes having their own arena is a start.
“Everything’s a step,” Ballmer told the Los Angeles Times in November. “It’s one step toward taking our place on the main stage in terms of LA basketball.”
This article originally appeared on USA TODAY: Clippers owner Steve Ballmer excited by the number of toilets in the new arena