Los Angeles Convention Center

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Los Angeles Convention Center
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Los Angeles Convention Center Annex, South Hall entrance at Pico and Figueroa
Coordinates 34°02′23″N118°16′13″W / 34.039737°N 118.270293°W / 34.039737; -118.270293 Coordinates: 34°02′23″N118°16′13″W / 34.039737°N 118.270293°W / 34.039737; -118.270293
Operator Anschutz Entertainment Group
Built1969
Expanded1993, 1997
Enclosed space
  Total space720,000 sq ft (67,000 m2)
Parking5,600 spaces [1]
Bicycle facilities
Yes
Public transit access LAMetroLogo.svg Pico LACMTA Circle Blue Line.svg   LACMTA Circle Expo Line.svg  
E3, the Electronic Entertainment Expo at the Convention Center, June 2012 Los Angeles Convention Center E3 2012.jpg
E3, the Electronic Entertainment Expo at the Convention Center, June 2012
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Inside the convention center during E3 2015

The Los Angeles Convention Center is a convention center in the southwest section of downtown Los Angeles. It hosts multiple annual conventions and has often been used as a filming location in TV shows and movies (notably as a spaceport for Starship Troopers and used for the climactic fight scene in Rush Hour ).

Convention center building that is designed to hold a convention

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History

The convention center, designed by architect Charles Luckman, opened in 1971 and expanded in 1981, 1993 and 1997. [2] It was originally built as a rectangular building, between Pico Boulevard and 11th Street (now Chick Hearn Ct.) on Figueroa Street. The northeast portion of the Center was demolished in 1997 to make way for the Staples Center. The Convention Center Annex of green glass and white steel frames, mainly on the south side of Pico, was designed by architect James Ingo Freed. [3]

Charles Luckman American architect

Charles Luckman was an American businessman and architect, famous as the "Boy Wonder of American Business" when he was named president of the Pepsodent toothpaste company in 1939 at the age of 30. Through acquisition, he later became president of Lever Brothers.

Pico Boulevard is a major Los Angeles street that runs from the Pacific Ocean at Appian Way in Santa Monica to Central Avenue in Downtown Los Angeles, California, USA. It is named after Pío Pico, the last Mexican governor of Alta California.

Chick Hearn American basketball sportscaster

Francis Dayle "Chick" Hearn was an American sportscaster. Known primarily as the play-by-play announcer for the Los Angeles Lakers of the National Basketball Association, Hearn was remembered for his rapid fire, staccato broadcasting style, associated with colorful phrases such as slam dunk, air ball, and no harm, no foul that have become common basketball vernacular, and for broadcasting 3,338 consecutive Lakers games starting on November 21, 1965. Additionally, Hearn started the now common tradition of estimating the distance of shots taken. Of note is that most of Hearn's games in the television era were simulcast on both radio and television, even after most teams chose to use different announcers for the different media.

The area in front of the convention center is known as the Gilbert Lindsay Plaza, named for the late councilman who represented the Downtown area of Los Angeles for several years. A 10-foot (3.0 m)-high monument honoring "The Emperor of the Great 9th District" was unveiled in 1995. [4] The drive between Figueroa Street and the convention center building is also named after Councilman Lindsay.

Gilbert W. Lindsay American politician

Gilbert William Lindsay(1900–1990), also known as Gil Lindsay, was a Los Angeles, California, politician who worked his way up from City Hall janitor to become the city's first black City Council member and one of its most powerful elected officials. He helped fashion downtown Los Angeles into a major metropolitan center but was accused of turning his back on the people in his district who elected him to 27 years on the city's governing body (1963–1990).

On March 1, 1983, a tornado caused damages to the roof and upper-level panels. The building was repaired and new convention center lettering signs were installed at a total cost of $3 million. [5]

On September 15, 2008, the convention center became the first in the U.S. and first Los Angeles City building of its age and size in the U.S. to be Leadership in Energy and Environmental Design (LEED) certified for Existing Buildings from the United States Green Building Council.

Leadership in Energy and Environmental Design standard for green building design

Leadership in Energy and Environmental Design (LEED) is one of the most popular green building certification programs used worldwide. Developed by the non-profit U.S. Green Building Council (USGBC) it includes a set of rating systems for the design, construction, operation, and maintenance of green buildings, homes, and neighborhoods that aims to help building owners and operators be environmentally responsible and use resources efficiently.

In 2013, the Los Angeles City Council voted to let Anschutz Entertainment Group manage the convention center. [6]

Anschutz Entertainment Group company

The Anschutz Entertainment Group (AEG) is an American worldwide sporting and music entertainment presenter and a subsidiary of The Anschutz Corporation. It is the world's largest owner of sports teams and sports events. Under the AEG Presents brand, it is the world's second largest presenter of live music and entertainment events after Live Nation. AEG Presents was started in 2002.

Events

The convention center hosts annual events such as the Los Angeles Auto Show, the Abilities Expo, the Anime Expo, and is best known to video game fans as host to the Electronic Entertainment Expo, also known as E3.

Grammy Week

During the week leading up to the annual Grammy Awards, the convention center typically hosts several Grammy week events. Since 2005, the convention center has hosted the MusiCares Person of the Year tribute, which takes place two days prior to the Grammy Awards. [7]

It also hosted the pre-telecast portion of the Grammy Awards (preceding the main telecast at the Staples Center) until 2013, when the pre-telecast was moved to the Nokia Theatre (now the Microsoft Theater). [8]

Emmy Week

Following the annual Primetime Emmy Awards ceremony, the convention center hosts the Governors Ball, one of the major Emmy after-parties. [9]

2028 Summer Olympics

During the 2028 Summer Olympics, the convention center will host six sports. It will host women's Basketball Preliminaries, Boxing, Fencing, Taekwondo, Table Tennis and BMX Freestyle. It will be a part of the Live Site Olympic Zone down Figueroa St. [10]

Features

The convention center is one of the largest convention centers in the United States with over 720,000 sq ft (67,000 m2) of exhibition space, 147,000 sq ft (13,700 m2) of meeting space, 1,960,000 sq ft (182,000 m2) of parking, and a 299-seat theater. [11]

The lobby floors in the north half of the building feature two large 140,000 sq ft (13,000 m2) multicolor maps of inlaid terrazzo. The project was installed by artist Alexis Smith in 1993. A map of the world centered on the Pacific Rim covers the entire floor of the main lobby, while a map of the constellations around the north celestial pole covers the floor of the upstairs lobby.

Expansion proposals

In 2010, the Anschutz Entertainment Group and businessman Casey Wasserman proposed construction of Farmers Field, a US$1 billion combination football stadium and convention center, meant to attract the return of a National Football League (NFL) team to the Los Angeles area. [13] The development proposal was abandoned in March 2015.

A new proposal was developed in 2015, approved by city hall and a design team was chosen. A new convention hall, called "LACOEX", would be built, with a connection to the south hall. [14] Construction and approval is set to commence within 2019.

See also

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