Los Angeles Lakers to Build a New State-of-the-Art Training Center

by April 02, 2014

The Los Angeles Lakers currently train in a non-descript building in El Segundo, CA, but they plan to move into a state-of-the-art facility, and hope the new spot will help them draw top-tier free agents. Per the LA Times:

The Lakers will stay in El Segundo because they like the area and its proximity to LAX, but will no longer share a building with the L.A. Kings and a skating rink often open for public use.

The Lakers have been at the place currently known as the Toyota Sports Center since 2000, which was built for about $24 million by Anschutz Entertainment Group.

Instead of being a tenant in a facility, the Lakers would own it, paying for its construction but likely securing annual income via naming rights. Their new location will be within a quarter-mile of the Toyota Center.

The newer Clippers’ training facility is only five miles away in Playa Vista and represents everything the Lakers want — two basketball courts, plenty of executive offices and state-of-the-art video and weight rooms in 42,500 square feet.

It is unclear if the Lakers’ training center would be completed by the time they planned to target big-name free agents Kevin Love or LaMarcus Aldridge in July 2015 and Kevin Durant in July 2016.