A SNEAK PEEK OF THE FOOD AT INTUIT DOME, THE WORLD’S MOST EXPENSIVE BASKETBALL ARENA

The Los Angeles Clippers will have the most high-tech and expensive basketball arena in the world when the 18,000-capacity Intuit Dome opens in Inglewood later this summer. As of mid-June, the arena is still under construction but most of the heavy work is completed on the $2 billion sports and music venue. Billionaire Clippers owner Steve Ballmer spared no expense in ensuring that the facility would be the most technologically advanced in the country (with frictionless payments, up-close seating, a massive circular screen, and first-rate acoustics) and the most delicious one, too.

Given the importance of concessions for arena experiences, Ballmer’s Halo Sports & Entertainment — the owner of the Clippers, Intuit Dome, and Kia Forum — created a new partnership with Levy Restaurants called 310 Provisions and hired two executive chefs to reimagine stadium foods. Culinary highlights include personal-sized Detroit-style pizzas, double cheeseburgers made with New School American cheese (from LA chef Eric Greenspan), bacon-wrapped hot dogs using Niman Ranch franks, and some supremely good churros served with dulce de leche dip. Pretzels will be hand-rolled by 10 dedicated cooks, while a former Nobu chef will oversee sushi rolls seasoned with dried soy flakes that can be eaten with one hand.

Since Intuit Dome was built from the ground up, every aspect of the concession experience was reimagined. The facility includes two main prep kitchens, numerous commissaries, and 21 cooking stations distributed around the arena. Intuit Dome’s approach is vastly different from other arenas where dishes are cooked at a few central commissaries and sent to various concessions stands for consumers to purchase.

With food and drinks ready to grab-and-go, and payments made without a check-out counter, fans can quickly purchase what they need and return to their seats without missing any action. Ballmer famously touted the venue’s number of toilets to limit waits at bathrooms with the same intention.

Intuit Dome has not announced concession pricing yet but will likely charge market rate for stadium food. (Dodger Stadium dishes range from $8 to $20, while Crypto.com Arena is priced at $15 and up.) Intuit Dome will also offer discounts, including $5 hot dog (down from $8), for any Chuckmark Certified members, a free program aimed at fans.

The VIP clubhouse, which requires courtside tickets to access, offers an expansive sports bar feel where fans can grab freshly prepared small bites. The two buffet-style kitchens are decked out with full pizza ovens, while the bar can accommodate up to 12 bartenders.

The facility’s outdoor plazas, with basketball courts and stepped seating meant to resemble the gathering places in the middle of Times Square in New York City, will also feature local vendors serving concessions. To meet the needs of the local Inglewood community, the Clippers have intentionally made the arena available to the neighborhood and greater South LA community with outdoor and indoor basketball courts (such as the beautiful Court B, a bookable indoor court with a large 4K screen and seating for private events).

Opening across the street from the $5 billion SoFi Stadium and the recently renovated Kia Forum, the area along Inglewood’s Prairie Avenue will likely get busier than ever in the coming months, with two Bruno Mars concerts on August 15 and 16, followed by other musical and comedy performances until the start of the next NBA season in October 2024.

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