L.A. Lakers’ new arena in Inglewood will be a “couple of years away” from opening, with the team hoping to complete the design in time for the 2019-20 season, the team announced Thursday.
The new arena, which will include a new scoreboard and sound systems, will open in time to begin the 2018 NBA season, L.L.C. Executive Vice President and General Manager Jeff Bock said in a release.
It will serve as the Lakers’ home for the first time in nearly two decades.
The arena will be the largest in the NBA, with a capacity of about 25,000 seats, Bock added.
The Lakers will play their home games at Staples Center in Los Angeles, with new seats also on the way.
Lakers fans will be able to experience the arena on a “one-of-a-kind” level, which is a nod to its status as a landmark in the Lakers history.
Laker fans can visit the new arena on Oct. 12.
The team has also announced plans for a concert series, a free-to-view virtual reality experience, and a virtual-reality video-chat service.
The 2018-2019 season will mark the team’s 13th season in Los.
The Lakers have a long history of winning championships in the Los Angeles area, with championships won in the 1990s and the 2006-07 seasons.
The franchise has never won the NBA championship.