Since leaving Microsoft, ex-CEO Steve Ballmer has devoted his life to the Los Angeles Clippers, transferring his enthusiastic, typically scary keynote vitality into pure, sport-oriented hype. However what about his passions? What’s changed Windows “developers, developers, developers” within the coronary heart of the person who’s spending round $1.8 billion to construct the brand new Intuit Dome enviornment in Inglewood? One phrase: bathrooms (via ZDNet).
“I’ve become a real obsessive about toilets,” Ballmer shared at the groundbreaking for the new arena. “Toilets, toilets, toilets.” To be truthful to the enterprise software program evangelist turned NBA chairman, it does appear to be the Intuit Dome could have lots of them — one bathroom for each 27 seats within the enviornment’s higher deck, The Washington Post writes, “an unmatched ratio in the NBA.” The ballooning prices for the complicated, which incorporates house for the Clipper’s coaching facility and enterprise workplaces, may reportedly price over $2 billion.
Ballmer’s new dome appears like a predictably over-the-top affair. The sector will characteristic a big, 44,000-square-foot LED scoreboard, a concession stand idea that sounds so much like Amazon’s cashier-less Go shops, and a group of 51 rows of baseline seats dubbed “The Wall” that Ballmer hopes will rival Fenway Park’s Inexperienced Monster when it comes to recognizability.
However actually, it’s all concerning the bathrooms. “The architects keep getting on me. You’re supposed to call them ‘fixtures’ instead of toilets. But it’s the same thing,” Ballmer says. “We’re putting a whole lot more toilets than anyone else in the NBA.”