|Address||1111 South Figueroa Street|
|Location||Los Angeles, California|
|Public transit||Pico station|
|Owner||L.A. Arena company|
Anschutz Entertainment Group
|Operator||L.A. Arena company|
Anschutz Entertainment Group
|Capacity|| Basketball: |
Ice hockey: 18,230 (Kings)
Arena football: 16,096
Concert theatre: 8,000
|Broke ground||March 31, 1997|
|Opened||October 17, 1999|
|Construction cost||US$375 million|
($583 million in 2020 dollars )
|Structural engineer||John A Martin & Associates|
|Services engineer||M-E Engineers Inc.|
|General contractor||PCL Construction Services, Inc.|
| Los Angeles Kings (NHL) (1999–present)|
Los Angeles Lakers (NBA) (1999–present)
Los Angeles Clippers (NBA) (1999–present)
Los Angeles Avengers (AFL) (2000–2008)
Los Angeles D-Fenders (NBA D-League) (2006–2010)
Los Angeles Sparks (WNBA) (2001–present)
Staples Center (officially stylized as STAPLES Center) is a multi-purpose arena in Downtown Los Angeles. Adjacent to the L.A. Live development, it is located next to the Los Angeles Convention Center complex along Figueroa Street. The arena opened on October 17, 1999.
It is owned and operated by the Arturo L.A. Arena Company and Anschutz Entertainment Group. The arena is home venue to the Los Angeles Kings of the National Hockey League (NHL), the Los Angeles Lakers and the Los Angeles Clippers of the National Basketball Association (NBA), and the Los Angeles Sparks of the Women's National Basketball Association (WNBA). The Los Angeles Avengers of the Arena Football League (AFL) and the Los Angeles D-Fenders of the NBA D-League were also tenants; the Avengers were folded in 2009, and the D-Fenders moved to the Lakers' practice facility at the Toyota Sports Center in El Segundo, California for the 2011–12 season.Staples Center is also host to over 250 events and nearly 4 million guests each year. It is the only arena in the NBA shared by two teams, as well as one of only three North American professional sports venues to host two teams from the same league; MetLife Stadium, the home of the National Football League's New York Giants and New York Jets, is one; SoFi Stadium, the home of the National Football League's Los Angeles Chargers and Los Angeles Rams, is the other. Staples Center is the venue of the Grammy Awards ceremony and will host the basketball competition during the 2028 Summer Olympics.
On August 23, 2020, a day the city of Los Angeles designated Kobe Bryant Day to honor former Lakers guard Kobe Bryant who died in a helicopter crash in January of that year, the City of Los Angeles announced that Figueroa Street between Olympic and Martin Luther King Jr., which includes the area Staples Center is on, will be renamed Kobe Bryant Boulevard.
Staples Center measures 950,000 square feet (88,257.9 m2) of total space, with a 94-foot (28.7 m) by 200-foot (61.0 m) arena floor. It stands 150 feet (45.7 m) tall. The arena seats up to 19,067 for basketball, 18,340 for ice hockey, and around 20,000 for concerts or other sporting events. Two-thirds of the arena's seating, including 2,500 club seats, are in the lower bowl. There are also 160 luxury suites, including 15 event suites, on three levels between the lower and upper bowls. The arena's attendance record is held by the fight between World WBA Welterweight Champion, Antonio Margarito and Shane Mosley with a crowd of 20,820 set on January 25, 2009.
Outside the arena at the Star Plaza are statues of famous Los Angeles athletes and broadcasters.
An 11th statue, honoring Los Angeles Sparks center Lisa Leslie, is slated to be unveiled in the future.
|Wayne Gretzky||Ice hockey||October 9, 2002||Played for the Los Angeles Kings at The Forum in 1988–1996|
|Magic Johnson||Basketball||February 11, 2004||Played for the Los Angeles Lakers at The Forum in 1979–1991 and 1996|
|Oscar De La Hoya||Boxing||December 1, 2008|
|Chick Hearn||Basketball||April 20, 2010||Long-time Lakers broadcaster (1961–2002)|
|Jerry West||Basketball||February 17, 2011||Played for the Lakers in 1960–1974 and coached the Lakers in 1976–1979|
|Kareem Abdul-Jabbar||Basketball||November 16, 2012||Played for the Lakers at The Forum in 1975–1989|
|Luc Robitaille||Ice hockey||March 7, 2015||Played for the Kings in 1986–1994, 1997–2001, and 2003–2006|
|Shaquille O'Neal||Basketball||March 24, 2017||Played for the Lakers in 1996–2004|
|Bob Miller||Ice hockey||January 13, 2018||Long-time Kings broadcaster (1973–2017)|
|Elgin Baylor||Basketball||April 6, 2018||Played for the Lakers in 1958–1971|
On January 15, 2018, in the aftermath of an NBA basketball game between the Houston Rockets and the Los Angeles Clippers, point guard Chris Paul utilized a secret tunnel (connecting the away team's locker room to the backdoor of the Clippers locker room) to confront former Clipper teammates Austin Rivers and Blake Griffin. Paul was joined by teammates, Trevor Ariza, James Harden, and Gerald Green to confront the opponents, which only resulted in verbal altercations.
Staples Center has been referred to as "the deal that almost wasn't."
Long before construction broke ground, plans for the arena were negotiated between elected city officials and real estate developers Edward P. Roski of Majestic Realty and Philip Anschutz.Roski and Anschutz had acquired the Los Angeles Kings in 1995 and in 1996 began looking for a new home for their team, which then played at the Forum in Inglewood.
Majestic Realty Co. and AEG were scouring the Los Angeles area for available land to develop an arena when they were approached by Steve Soboroff, then president of the LA Recreation and Parks Commission. Soboroff requested that they consider building the arena in downtown Los Angeles adjacent to the convention center. This proposal intrigued Roski and Anschutz, and soon a plan to develop the arena, the current Staples Center, was devised.
Months of negotiations ensued between Anschutz and city officials, with Roski and John Semcken of Majestic Realty Co. spearheading the negotiations for the real estate developers. The negotiations grew contentious at times and the real estate developers threatened to pull out altogether on more than one occasion.The main opposition came from Councilman Joel Wachs, who opposed utilizing public funds to subsidize the proposed project, and councilwoman Rita Walters, who objected to parts of it.
Ultimately, the developers and city leaders reached an agreement, and in 1997, construction broke ground on the new building, which opened two years later. It was financed privately at a cost of US$375 million and is named for the office-supply company Staples, Inc., which was one of the center's corporate sponsors that paid for naming rights.The arena opened on October 17, 1999, with a Bruce Springsteen & The E Street Band concert as its inaugural event.
On October 21, 2009, Staples Center celebrated its 10th anniversary.To commemorate the occasion, the venue's official web site nominated 25 of the arena's greatest moments from its first ten years with fans voting on the top ten.
During the late summer of 2010, modifications were made to the arena, including refurbished locker rooms for the Clippers, Kings, and Lakers and the installation of a new US$10 million HD center-hung video scoreboard and jumbotron, replacing the original one that had been in place since the building opened in 1999.The Panasonic Live 4HD scoreboard was officially unveiled on September 22, 2010, as AEG and Staples Center executives, as well as player representatives from the Clippers (Craig Smith), Kings (Matt Greene), and Lakers (Sasha Vujacic) were on hand for the presentation.
Following the sudden death of former basketball player Kobe Bryant in January 2020, a number of media outlets picked up on a phrase used by some, referring to the stadium as "The House That Kobe Built",due to his historic 20-year career with the Lakers.
Bruce Springsteen & The E Street Band were the first act to perform at the venue on its opening in 1999.
Dave Matthews Band famously played the venue twice in 2008, despite the first show being the day of founding member and saxophonist LeRoi Moore's death.
After his death in 2009, Michael Jackson's memorial service was held at Staples Center.
Rapper Nipsey Hussle's memorial service was also held at Staples Center on April 11, 2019.
Staples Center also hosted the 1st Annual Latin Grammy Awards in 2000 and the 2012 MTV Video Music Awards.
Taylor Swift has performed 16 sold-out shows at the venue; the most appearances at the venue by a female artist.
Mexican Superstar and Latin Pop Queen Gloria Trevi along with Mexican Queen of Rock Alejandra Guzman performed two sold-out nights of their Versus World Tour.
The annual Grammy Awards ceremony has been held at Staples Center since 2000, with the exception of 2003 and 2018. As of 2020, the venue has hosted the Grammy Awards nineteen times, hosting more than any other venue in the history of the Grammy Awards.
The venue opened in 1999 as the home of the Los Angeles Lakers and Los Angeles Clippers (NBA), and Los Angeles Kings of the NHL. The Los Angeles Sparks of the WNBA joined in 2001, while the Los Angeles D-Fenders of the NBA D-League joined in 2006. It became home to the Los Angeles Avengers of the Arena Football League in 2000 until the team's discontinuation in 2009.
Since its opening day, the Staples Center has hosted seven NBA Finals series with the Lakers, the 2012 and 2014 Stanley Cup Finals, three WNBA Finals, the 2002 U.S. Figure Skating Championships, the 52nd and 62nd NHL All-Star game, three NBA All-Star Games (2004, 2011 and 2018), the Pacific-10 Conference Men's Basketball Tournament (2002–12), the WTA Tour Championships (2002–05), UFC 60 in 2006, UFC 104 in 2009, UFC 184 in 2015, UFC 227 in 2018, the 2009 World Figure Skating Championships, the Summer X Games indoor competitions (2003–13), and several HBO Championship Boxing matches.
On January 22, 2006, Los Angeles Lakers player Kobe Bryant scored a career-high 81 points in the Staples Center against the Toronto Raptors, the second-highest number of points scored in a single game in NBA history, [ citation needed ]second only to Wilt Chamberlain's 100-point performance. Of the team's six NBA championships since moving to the venue, the Lakers have celebrated their 2000 and 2010 victories at Staples Center with series-winning victories at home.
Prior to the 2006–07 NBA season, the lighting inside Staples Center was modified for Lakers games. The lights were focused only on the court itself (hence the promotional Lights Out campaign), reminiscent of the Lakers' early years at The Forum. The initial fan reaction was positive and has been a fixture on home games since. [ citation needed ] The Clippers adopted the new see-through shot clock prior to the 2010–11 NBA season.[ citation needed ] For Sparks games, the court used is named after Sparks player Lisa Leslie, and was officially named prior to the 2009 home opener against the Shock on June 6, 2009.[ citation needed ]The Daktronics see-through shot-clock was first installed prior to the 2008–09 NBA season.
The Los Angeles Kings, of the NHL hosted the 2010 NHL Entry Draft at the arena in June 2010. The Stanley Cup Finals were held at the arena for the first time in 2012. The Kings hosted the New Jersey Devils in games 3, 4, and ultimately defeated the Devils in game 6 by a final score of 6–1. The Kings became the first team to win the Stanley Cup on home ice since 2007.
During the spring of 2012, NHL's Kings, along with NBA's Lakers and Clippers reached the post-season, making it the first time the arena would host three playoff teams.
The Lakers unveiled a new hardwood court before their preseason game on October 13, 2012. Taking a cue from soccer clubs, the primary center court logo was adorned with 16 stars, representing the 16 championships the Lakers franchise has won.A 17th star was added to the court and unveiled before their regular season opener on December 22, 2020 to represent the franchise winning its 17th championship in the 2020 NBA Finals.
Staples Center has hosted the following championship events:
The January 24, 2000 episode of WCW Monday Nitro was held in the Staples Center.
In 2013 and 2016, Staples Center hosted the grand finals of the Worlds Championship of the video game League of Legends.
On September 24, 2016, the arena hosted the Kellogg's Tour of Gymnastics Champions.
On February 22–23, 2019, the Professional Bull Riders brought their annual "Iron Cowboy" bull riding elite series Unleash the Beast event to Staples Center in what will be the PBR's first-ever visit to the venue.
On June 9, 2019, the ACE Family hosted a charity basketball game against singer Chris Brown. On November 9, 2019, the STAPLES Center hosted the rematch against YouTubers KSI and Logan Paul. On February 24, 2020, Staples Center hosted a memorial commemorating Laker legend Kobe Bryant and his daughter Gianna, after they, and seven others, were killed in a helicopter crash a month earlier. On November 28, 2020, STAPLES Center hosted The exhibition match against retired boxers Mike Tyson and Roy Jones Jr.
Staples Center will host the basketball competition at the 2028 Summer Olympics. It will host men's preliminaries as well as the men's and women's basketball finals.
Along with hosting many episodes of Monday Night Raw and Friday Night Smackdown , Staples Center has also hosted the following pay-per-views:
The 2000 Democratic National Convention was held at Staples Center.
Staples Center was named Best Major Concert Venue for 1998 and Arena of the Year for 1999, 2000 and 2001 by Pollstar Magazine and has been nominated each year since 2000.
In February 2013, PETA named Staples Center the most "vegetarian-friendly" arena in the NBA.
Staples Center is only a part of a 4-million-square-foot (371,612.2 m2) development by Anschutz Entertainment Group (AEG) adjoining Staples Center and the Los Angeles Convention Center. The development, known as L.A. Live, broke ground on September 15, 2005. L.A. Live is designed to offer entertainment, retail and residential programming in the downtown Los Angeles area.
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The 2010–11 Los Angeles Lakers season was the 63rd season of the franchise, 62nd in the National Basketball Association (NBA) and 51st in Los Angeles. Coming off back-to-back championships, the Lakers attempted their third "three-peat" in franchise history (1952–54) and (2000–02), but were swept by the eventual champion Dallas Mavericks in the Western Conference Semifinals. The Lakers marked the end of an era for legendary head coach Phil Jackson, who was diagnosed with prostate cancer in March 2011. He proceeded to announce his retirement as head coach after the playoffs. The Lakers once again sold out all 41 home games for the season at Staples Center.
The Lakers–Clippers rivalry is a National Basketball Association (NBA) rivalry between the Los Angeles Lakers and Los Angeles Clippers. The two Pacific Division teams both play their home games at Staples Center in Los Angeles, inspiring their matchups to sometimes be called the "Hallway Series" or "Battle of L.A.". The Lakers relocated from Minneapolis in 1960, while the Clippers moved from San Diego in 1984. While Los Angeles fans have historically favored the Lakers, the Clippers have sold out or filled capacity for every home game at Staples Center since Feb. 2011 and entered the 2016–17 season with the sixth-longest active sellout streak in the NBA. The Lakers have won 12 of their 17 NBA championships since moving to Los Angeles. Meanwhile, the Clippers have made the playoffs only eleven times since 1984 and were long considered the laughingstock of the NBA; They had never advanced past the second round of the playoffs until 2021. Some contended that the term rivalry was inaccurate until the Clippers became more successful. In 2012–13, the Clippers won the first of six straight season series against the Lakers. The Lakers hold a 104–57 advantage in the all-time series. The two teams have never met in the playoffs. The Lakers blew a 3–1 series lead and failed to advance to the conference semifinals against the Clippers in 2006, while the Clippers also blew a 3–1 lead in 2020, nixing a conference finals matchup with the Lakers.
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