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Staples Center
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StaplesCenter
Location: 1111 South Figueroa Street
Los Angeles, California
U.S. Flag United States [1]
Owner: L.A. Arena Company
Anschutz Entertainment Group (AEG)
Operator: L.A. Arena Company
Anschutz Entertainment Group (AEG)
Capacity: Basketball: 19,060-18,997
Ice hockey: 18,230
Arena football: 16,096
Concerts: 19,000
Boxing: 21,000
Concert theatre: 8,000
Construction information
Broke ground: March 31, 1998
Opened: October 17, 1999
Construction
cost
:
$375 million
Tenants
Los Angeles Lakers (NBA) (1999–present)
Los Angeles Clippers (NBA) (1999–present)
Los Angeles Kings (NHL) (1999–present)
Los Angeles Sparks (WNBA) (2001–present)
Los Angeles Avengers (AFL) (2000–2008)
Los Angeles D-Fenders (NBA D-League) (2006–2010)
Floor design
Los Angeles Lakers Los Angeles Lakers court logo
Los Angeles Clippers Los Angeles Clippers home court design 2015-16

The Staples Center is an multipurpose indoor arena located in Los Angeles, California. It is owned and operated by the L.A. Arena Company and Anschutz Entertainment Group. The arena is home to the Los Angeles Lakers and the Los Angeles Clippers of the National Basketball Association (NBA), the Los Angeles Kings of the National Hockey League (NHL), 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 until both franchises were discontinued; the D-Fenders moved to the Lakers' practice facility at the Toyota Sports Center in El Segundo, California for the 2011–12 season.[1] 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.

Description

Police of Los Angeles

The Staples Center in June 2002.

Structure and architecture

Staples Center measures 950,000 square feet (88,258 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.[1] The arena seats up to 19,067 for basketball, 18,118 for ice hockey and arena football, and around 20,000 for concerts or other sporting events.[2] 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.[1] 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.[3]

Star Plaza

Outside the arena at the Star Plaza are statues of Wayne Gretzky and Magic Johnson, although both sports legends played at The Forum, where the Kings, Lakers and Sparks previously played. A third statue of boxer Oscar De La Hoya was unveiled outside Staples Center on December 1, 2008.[4] On April 20, 2010 a fourth statue of the late long time Lakers broadcaster Chick Hearn, behind a Laker desk with a chair for fans to sit down for a picture, was unveiled. A fifth statue of the Laker legend Jerry West dribbling was unveiled on February 17, 2011. A sixth statue of Laker legend Kareem Abdul-Jabbar was unveiled on November 16, 2012. A seventh statue of former Kings' Hall of Fame left wing Luc Robitaille was unveiled on March 7, 2015.[5]

History

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Staples Center during a Lakers game prior to the installation of the new scoreboard, and after the implementation of a new lighting system.

Construction broke ground in 1998 and the Staples Center was opened a year later. It was financed privately at a cost of $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.[1]

The venue opened as the home of the NBA's Los Angeles Clippers and Los Angeles Lakers, as well as the NHL's Los Angeles Kings in 1999. The WNBA's Los Angeles Sparks joined in 2001, while the NBA D-League's Los Angeles D-Fenders joined in 2006. It became home to the AFL's Los Angeles Avengers in 2000 until the team's discontinuation in 2008.[6] Staples Center was named Best New Major Concert Venue for 1999 and Arena of the Year for 2000 and 2001 by Pollstar Magazine and has been nominated each year since 2000.[7]

The arena opened on October 17, 1999, with a Bruce Springsteen & The E Street Band concert as its inaugural event. Since its opening day, it has hosted seven NBA Finals series with the Lakers, three WNBA Finals, the 2000 Democratic National Convention, the 2002 U.S. Figure Skating Championships, the 52nd NHL All-Star game, two NBA All-Star Games (in 2004 and 2011), the Pacific-10 Conference Men's Basketball Tournament, since 2002–2012, the WTA Tour Championships, from 2002–2005, UFC 60 in 2006, UFC 104 in 2009, the inaugural Latin Grammy Awards in 2000, the annual Grammy Awards, since 2000, with the exception of 2003, the 2009 World Figure Skating Championships, the Summer X Games indoor competitions, since 2003, as well as numerous concerts and HBO Championship Boxing matches.[7] 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 Template:Scfy.

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Night view of Staples Center and L.A. Live

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Staples Center before a Clippers game, featuring the new hanging scoreboard.

On January 22, 2006, 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,[8] second only to Wilt Chamberlain's 100-point performance. Of the team's five NBA championships since moving to the venue, the Lakers have celebrated their Template:Nbafy and Template:Nbafy 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. Initial fan reaction was positive, and has been a fixture on home games since. The Daktronics see-through shot-clock was first installed prior to the 2008-09 NBA season. The Clippers adopted the new see through shot clock prior to the 2010-11 NBA season. For Sparks games, the court used is named after Sparks legend Lisa Leslie, and was officially named prior to the 2009 home opener against the Shock on June 6, 2009. In 2007 Staples Center removed 178 urinals and installed 178 waterless urinals created by Falcon Waterfree Technologies.[9]

On October 21, 2009, Staples Center celebrated its 10th anniversary.[10] 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.[11][12]

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 high-definition center-hung video scoreboard, replacing the original one that had been in place since the building opened in 1999.[13] The Panasonic Live 4HD scoreboard was officially unveiled on September 22, 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.

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.[14]

Also in 2012, the arena hosted the 54th Annual Grammy Awards and the 29th Annual Video Music Awards, marking the first time both awards ceremonies were held in the same venue in the same calendar year; many 54th Grammy winners, including Adele, would go on to win VMAs that same year.

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.

In February 2013, PETA named Staples Center the most "vegetarian-friendly" arena in the NBA.[15]

Staples Center has hosted the following championship events:

Gallery

References

  1. 1.0 1.1 1.2 1.3 "L.A. Facilities: Staples Center". Los Angeles Sports Council. http://www.lasports.org/lafacilities/display.php?s=Arena&id=19. Retrieved January 1, 2008. 
  2. "Guest Services: Seating Capacity". Staples Center. http://www.staplescenter.com/guest-services/a-z. Retrieved March 24, 2014. 
  3. Dwyre, Bill (January 25, 2009). "Shane Mosley Shows He's Not Finished". Los Angeles Times. http://www.latimes.com/sports/la-sp-dwyre-mosley-margarito25-2009jan25,0,5631662.column. Retrieved January 25, 2009. 
  4. Plaschke, Bill (December 2, 2008). "Oscar De La Hoya Gets A Statue Of Limitations". Los Angeles Times. http://www.latimes.com/sports/la-sp-plaschke2-2008dec02,0,3207891,full.column. Retrieved December 2, 2008. 
  5. Zupke, Curtis (March 7, 2015). "Robitaille Honored To Have Statue Unveiled". National Hockey League. http://www.nhl.com/ice/news.htm?id=757087. Retrieved March 8, 2015. 
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  9. "Environment". http://www.staplescenter.com/about/environment. Retrieved April 11, 2015. 
  10. Howard, Andrew (October 21, 2009). "Happy Birthday STAPLES Center". Los Angeles Kings. http://kings.nhl.com/club/news.htm?id=502976. Retrieved October 26, 2009. 
  11. "Staples Center Announces the Top 25 Greatest Moments as Nominated by the Fans". staplescenter.com. February 3, 2010. http://staplescenter.com/press/press-detail/681/staples-center-announces-the-top-25-greatest-moments-as-nominated-by-the-fans. Retrieved February 3, 2010. 
  12. "Staples Center Announces the 10 Greatest Moments". staplescenter.com. April 15, 2010. http://staplescenter.com/press/press-detail/755/staples-center-announces-the-10-greatest-moments-in-the-venues-history-as-voted-on-by-the-fans. Retrieved April 15, 2010. 
  13. "Staples Center unveils Live 4HD scoreboard system by Panasonic". staplescenter.com. September 22, 2010. http://www.staplescenter.com/doublecol.php?section=about&page=news_article&news_id=942. Retrieved October 18, 2010. 
  14. Woike, Dan (2012-04-23). "Three playoff teams a 'windfall' for busy Staples Center". The Orange County Register. http://www.ocregister.com/articles/staples-350648-center-postseason.html. Retrieved 2013-08-11. 
  15. "STAPLES Center Named Top Veggie-Friendly NBA Arena". CBS Los Angeles. 2013-02-13. http://losangeles.cbslocal.com/2013/02/13/staples-center-named-top-veggie-friendly-nba-arena. Retrieved 2013-08-11. 
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