The Lakers and the Clippers have spent close to 25 years sharing a home venue at what is now known as Crypto.com Arena, although the vast majority of basketball fans primarily associate that first team with the building frequently referred to as “The House That Kobe Built.”
However, that arrangement is set to change within the next couple of years.
In 2019, the Clippers revealed their plans for the state-of-the-art facility located in the vicinity of SoFi Stadium in Inglewood, which the franchise announced would be the new site of the team’s home games starting in 2024.
The building—which has been dubbed the “Intuit Dome”—will have the capacity to hold around 18,000 spectators who will be able to take advantage of amenities including ritzy “Courtside Cabanas” and a massive halo-shaped scoreboard that will serve as one of its most prominent features.
Clippers owner Steve Ballmer has played an instrumental role in the arena’s development, and in 2021, he admitted he’d become “real obsessive” with a slightly less glamorous aspect of the planning process: toilets.
The man who made his billions while working at Microsoft says he wanted to ensure fans wouldn’t be subjected to an excessive wait when they need to do their business, and on Tuesday, that vision was officially realized when the final steel beam was put in place at the Intuit Dome.
It’s safe to say Ballmer’s enthusiasm for porcelain thrones hasn’t waned over the past couple of years, as he went out of his way to emphasize the 1,160 toilets and urinals fans will have access to during a hilariously over-the-top portion of the press conference he held to commemorate the major milestone in the venue’s construction.
“TOILETS! … Three times the NBA average”
Steve Ballmer was fired up about the bathrooms in the Clippers' new arena 💀
— Bleacher Report (@BleacherReport) March 8, 2023
Find yourself someone who loves you as much as Steve Ballmer loves toilets.