|place||1111 S. Figueroa Street Los Angeles , California 90015, USA
|owner||LA Arena Company
Anschutz Entertainment Group
|operator||LA Arena Company
Anschutz Entertainment Group
|start of building||March 31, 1998|
|opening||October 17, 1999|
|costs||375 million US dollars|
|capacity||19,060 seats (basketball)
18,118 seats (ice hockey)
16,096 seats (arena football)
20,000 seats (concerts)
28.65 × 15.24 m (94 × 50 ft)
NHL ice hockey
60.96 × 25.91 m (200 × 85 ft)
The Staples Center is a multi-purpose arena in Downtown Los Angeles , California in the Los Angeles Sports and Entertainment District . It is located next to the Los Angeles Convention Center . The construction of the Staples Center was private with 375 million dollars US funded (about 268 million euros) and the naming rights were from the office supply retailer Staples acquired.
The Staples Center opened on October 17, 1999 and quickly garnered attention by winning the Pollstar-CIC's Arena of the Year award twice . However, the stadium gained its fame primarily through the home games of the Los Angeles Lakers and Los Angeles Clippers from the NBA , the Los Angeles Sparks from the WNBA , the Los Angeles Kings from the NHL and, until their dissolution (2008), the Los Angeles Avengers from the Arena Football League . It was the only stadium that was home to five professional sports franchises .
Over 250 events with over four million visitors are held every year. Since its opening, the Democratic National Convention in 2000 , the US Figure Skating Championships and the NHL All-Star Game in 2002, the NBA All-Star Game in 2004 and 2011 , the WTA Tour Championships from 2002 to 2005 , the first Latin Grammy in the Year 2000, the annual Grammy Awards since 2000, the Pacific-10 Conference Men's Basketball Tournament from 2002 to 2012, the Summer X Games indoor competitions from 2003 to 2012 and countless concerts and HBO Championship boxing events. The arena is also often used for wrestling - for example WrestleMania XXI 2005, WWE Unforgiven 2002, Judgment Day 2004, SummerSlam 2009, 2010, 2011, 2012, 2013, 2014 and other WWE events.
Since the opening of the Staples Center, slight structural changes have been made to the interior as well as to the exterior. The basket systems of the Lakers and Clippers were renewed over time and provided with new clocks and displays. The various cabins and rooms for the home teams ( Los Angeles Lakers , Los Angeles Clippers , Los Angeles Kings ) were also renewed, renovated and enlarged in 2010. Since the summer of 2010, the Staples Center has also had a new video cube with 4-HD technology, which is used at almost all events in the center.
The Staples Center can accommodate up to 20,000 people for concerts, 18,997 for basketball games and 18,118 for ice hockey and arena football games. The attendance record is held by a wrestling event - 20,193 at WWE WrestleMania XXI on April 3, 2005.
- Outside the stadium are statues of Jerry West , Wayne Gretzky , Luc Robitaille and Magic Johnson , though those legends never played at the Staples Center. Another statue was added in March 2017, depicting Shaquille O'Neal .
- 2,500 tons of steel and 56,000 m³ of concrete were used in the Staples Center.
- Between May and June 2009, rehearsals for Michael Jackson's This Is It tour took place at the Staples Center .
- On July 7, 2009, a two-hour memorial and farewell ceremony for the "King of Pop" Michael Jackson , who died on June 25, 2009, took place in front of 17,500 fans, 2,000 journalists and 500 celebrities . Around 1.6 million fans tried to get the free tickets that were drawn.
- On October 4, 2013, the League of Legends World Championship final took place at the sold-out Staples Center.