Clippers: Everyone hates Staples Center’s new name, even Paul George

Paul George, LA Clippers. Mandatory Credit: Gary A. Vasquez-USA TODAY Sports
Paul George, LA Clippers. Mandatory Credit: Gary A. Vasquez-USA TODAY Sports /

It was announced on Tuesday that Staples Center will now be named Arena.

The LA Clippers and Los Angeles Lakers’ home will be known as Arena starting December 25th, reportedly.

Nobody seems to be okay with this change to one of the most iconic arenas in basketball history.

Even Paul George isn’t thrilled by the name change.

Paul George is right to not approve of this name change to Staples Center.

I mean, Arena? Nobody is going to stop calling it Staples Center.

Calling it Arena just doesn’t scream the history of the place like calling it Staples Center does. It means a lot when PG, who grew up in Southern California, being mesmerized by the great arena, is even expressing this.

The good news for the Clippers is what George brought up, though, and that’s the fact that the team will be in the Intuit Dome by 2024. The Intuit Dome doesn’t have the history that Staples does, but it is going to be a much nicer arena with innovative technologies that aren’t found anywhere else in the NBA.

Steve Ballmer is going to install around twice as many toilets as any other arena, and creating a concession system where fans can get food without even talking to a human. He’s doing these things so that the fans can be in their seats as long as possible, and not have to wait in any lines. He’s also installing a ‘halo’ video screen with 44,000 square feet of LED lighting instead of just a jumbotron.

That being said, this new name change seems like it’s going to come with some renovations to Staples, according to Arash Markazi.

Either way, we’ll be excited to move out and into the Intuit Dome, where we’ll be able to continue building on our new sense of identity.

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We’ll be able to continue to do L.A. Our Way.