Clippers make moves on the business side in preparation for new arena in Inglewood – Press Enterprise

Clippers make moves on the business side in preparation for new arena in Inglewood – Press Enterprise

As the Clippers continue to stock the sideline with coaches to assist Tyronn Lue in an immediate championship chase, the team’s front office is beefing up too, setting its sights on the debut of its Inglewood arena in 2024.

The organization anticipates breaking ground next summer on the $1.2 billion arena in Inglewood.

With that in mind, the Clippers’ announced Monday that they’re bringing aboard Alex Diaz as chief operating officer. He has experience managing major venues such as the Barclays Center, Madison Square Garden and American Airlines Arena.

The team also promoted vice president Jason Green to chief ticketing officer, promoted Joel Adams to the role of vice president premium sales for Inglewood Basketball and Entertainment Center and Krystle Hogan to Clippers vice president sales and service.

“We are fortunate that all four of these exceptional talents have been involved with developing and executing our organization’s vision for several years,” said Gillian Zucker, the Clippers’ president of business operations in a news release.

“They live our culture of relentless dedication to continuous improvement, and are dedicated to reimagining the live event experience for guests of the Clippers and Forum, and soon, at the Inglewood Basketball & Entertainment Center, the future home of the Clippers.”

As COO, Diaz mostly will oversee the operations planning of IBEC, in addition to providing operational insight for the Clippers, Honey Training Center and the L.A. Forum, which Clippers Chairman Steve Ballmer purchased in May for $400 million as part of a settlement agreement with Madison Square Garden Co. that helped pave the way for the new arena to be built.

Diaz has two-plus decades of facility operations experience, including having the position of senior vice president and general manager of Madison Square Garden, where he oversaw facility operations for MSG and the Theater at MS, and played a key role in the three-year $1.1 billion renovation of the arena, according to the news release.

He spent the past four years with Venues Solutions Group, providing design and operational consulting services to sports franchises, leagues, venues and architects.

Green will oversee all aspects of ticketing for IBEC, Clippers and the Forum. Adams will be tasked with hiring and guiding a dedicated suite and premium sales team for the new arena. And Hogan — who also serves as co-chair of the Clippers’ LACED UP (Leadership & Action for Change, Equality and Diversity) committee — will oversee the day-to-day sales and service efforts for Clippers events held at Staples Center.