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Staples Center
Staples Center

  Venue Particulars  
Address 1111 South Figueroa Street
Los Angeles, CA 90015
Phone (213) 742-7100
Official Website
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  Venue Resources  
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  The Facility  
Opened October 17, 1999
L.A. Arena Company
(Anschutz Entertainment Group)
Cost of Construction $400 million
Arena Financing $70.5 million public money, remainder by the teams.
Naming Rights Staples, Inc. paid $100,000,000 for 20 years.
Arena Architects NBBJ
Contractors /
Construction Managers
PCL Construction
  Other Facts  
Tenants Los Angeles Kings
(NHL) (1999-Present)
Los Angeles Lakers
(NBA) (1999-Present)
Los Angeles Clippers
(NBA) (1999-Present)
Los Angeles Sparks
(WNBA) (2001-Present)
Los Angeles D-Fenders
(D-League) (2006-Present)
Former Tenants Los Angeles Avengers
(AFL) (2000-2009)
Population Base 10,000,000
On Site Parking None
Nearest Airport Los Angeles International Airport (LAX)
Retired Numbers #4 Rob Blake
#16 Marcel Dionne
#18 Dave Taylor
#20 Luc Robitaille
#30 Rogatien Vachon
#99 Wayne Gretzky

Championships 1st



Capacity 18,118
Average Ticket $45.98
Fan Cost Index (FCI) $271.42
The Team Marketing Report FCI includes: four average-price tickets; four small soft drinks; two small beers; four hot dogs; two game programs; parking; and two adult-size caps.
Luxury Suites 160 Suites
Party Suites 32 Suites
Club Seats 2,500
Basketball 18,997
Concerts 20,000
  Attendance History  
Season  Total  Capacity Change
1992-93 649,184 99% 1.4%
1993-94 641,868 98% -1.1%
1994-95 369,548 96% -42.4%
1995-96 555,591 85% 50.3%
1996-97 504,190 77% -9.3%
1997-98 533,792 81% 5.9%
1998-99 524,572 80% -1.7%
1999-00 677,264 89% 29.1%
2000-01 658,340 88.6% -2.8%

2001-02 2002-03 2003-04 2004-05
687,002 720,366 732,958 None

2005-06 2006-07 2007-08 2008-09
731,475 691,229 680,877 676,042

2009-10 2010-11 2011-12 2012-13
709,853 722,661 734,736 436,295

2013-14 2014-15 2015-16 2016-17
779,734 748,893 749,234 747,858

1992-1999 - Attendance at the Great Western Forum.
1994-1995 - Attendance for 24 games due to NHL lockout.
2004-2005 - NHL lockout
2012-2013 - Attendance for 24 games due to NHL lockout.
2013-2014 - Attendance includes one game at Dodger Stadium.

Sources: Mediaventures

We'd like to introduce you to the STAPLES Center, the foremost entertainment complex in the country, located right here in Los Angeles, the entertainment capital of the world. Far more than just a building to house sporting events, we're planning a monumental and unparalleled destination that will offer year-round entertainment, and extensive retail environment, dining options and public spaces. In features and amenities, the area will be second to none. This new "city within a city" will sit at the hub of freeways and transit systems, making its central downtown location easily accessible to all of Los Angeles. Additionally, STAPLES Center will serve as a valuable resource for the entire community, aiding educational programs and improving the quality of life for the youth of Los Angeles, giving us all something to cheer about.


Staples Center
Picture Courtesy Phillip Kudelka
* 20,000 seats for basketball
* 18,500 seats for hockey
* 160 prime-level suites
* 2,500 club seats
* An acoustically designed sound system for the most demanding concerts
* State-of-the-art digital video scoreboard, so every replay is viewed picture-perfect
* Message boards for up-to-the-minute statistics, game information and out-of-town scores

Ours will be the first major arena of the new millennium.

As befits a trendsetter, it will incorporate the best features of the newest generation of arenas, and have numerous outstanding innovations of its own. Privately financed and costing an estimated $300 million, the arena will have the clearest sight lines, the best amenities, restaurants, sports bars, and more. Because it will be the focal point for Los Angeles in the 21st century, it will be extraordinary, a destination second to none.

STAPLES Center has taken some of the best features from arenas throughout the country and has incorporated and improved on them. So, to make every event a great experience, fan conveniences will include:

* Two public concourses with video walls and monitors so you don't miss any of the action.
* Twenty-four concession stands and food courts that will feature traditional arena fare, as well as "Taste of L.A." specialties.
* A Kings and Lakers team store, featuring the latest in NHL and NBA fashions.
* Restrooms around every corner (twice the capacity of current L.A. facilities).
* A 500-seat "members only" arena club for pre- and post-game dining.
* A sports bar and restaurant for pre- and post-game gathering.
* Consumer Centers on both public concourses, featuring ATMs, phones, and cellular access.
* 160 of the most luxurious, state-of-the-art and exclusive suites ever built -- the perfect place to entertain clients, family and friends.

Staples Center
Picture Courtesy Phillip Kudelka
Reserve your place. Don't wait until the arena is built to secure the best seats at STAPLES Center, because they'll be gone. Priority seating at the new arena will be offered first to the Kings season ticket holders and Senate Seat holders. To order season tickets and reserve your seat at STAPLES Center, call the Kings Sales Department at 1-888-KINGS-LA.

Source: Los Angeles Kings

March 8, 1999 (AP) - A fire devoured stacks of roofing insulation atop the unfinished Staples Center in Los Angeles, but damage was considered minor and there should be no delays in the scheduled October opening of the new home for basketball's Lakers and Clippers and hockey's Kings. The blaze was attributed to an electrical problem.

October 13, 1999 (AP) - In a $375 million palace fit for a King - or a Clipper - the seats are wide-bodied and the shower heads are 9 feet high. For some, there are fireplaces, wine cellars and humidors.

The nation's newest mega-sports arena, the privately financed Staples Center, opens this month. Los Angeles boosters hope its packed calendar of basketball, hockey, concerts - even the Democratic National Convention - helps rejuvenate downtown.

"We have a 9-to-5 downtown right now," said Carol Schatz, president of the Central City Association of L.A. "What Staples does when it opens its doors is make downtown a 9-to-11 area. We'll take that."

The architects wanted the sports and entertainment complex to reflect its city's passion for seeing and being seen, so they put tons of glass under neon lights. Staples, the office supply company, paid $100 million for the right to put its name on the place.

The center will be home to basketball's Lakers and Clippers, hockey's Kings and the Avengers, a new indoor football team that begins play in April.

On Sunday, Bruce Springsteen and the E Street Band open a four-night stand at the Staples Center. The center also will play host to the Grammy Awards in February and the Democratic convention in August.

The Kings and Lakers are moving across town from the Great Western Forum, which opened in 1967; the Clippers are leaving the old Sports Arena in Exposition Park, next to Memorial Coliseum.

None of those places has the style or amenities of the Staples Center, a 1 million-square-foot wonder with palm trees, terrazzo floors, a constant light show and airy lobbies that reveal the surrounding skyline.

The basketball locker rooms have shower heads 9 feet above the floor so 7-footers like Shaquille O'Neal of the Lakers and Michael Olowokandi of the Clippers won't have to stoop to get wet.

There are 20,000 seats for basketball; 18,500 for hockey and arena football.

And there is plenty of luxury - 160 three-story suites that cost between $197,000 and $307,500 a year.

In addition, there is the Grand Reserve Club for 200 members that costs $10,500 a year and features an indoor-outdoor fireplace, a wine cellar and a humidor with 36 drawers for cigars.

The $375 million Staples Center in Los Angeles was constructed in a record 18 months. Fan intimacy and a sweeping theatre-sized screen are two of the main features of the design for the Arena. Back in December 1997 the City of Los Angeles' Cultural Affairs Commission approved the design for the new, state-of-the-art sports and entertainment facility that became the home of the Los Angeles Kings and the Los Angeles Lakers in October 1999.


The STAPLES Center is located on the south-west corner of 11th and Figueroa Streets in downtown Los Angeles. It is immediately adjacent to the Los Angeles Convention Center and is accessible to the 110 (Harbor) and 10 (Santa Monica) freeways.


Staples Center
The STAPLES Center is a 900,000 square feet sports and entertainment facility, which seats 20,000 basketball fans and 18,500 for hockey. The intention of the design was to enable it to host more than 230 sports, entertainment and family-oriented events annually. It consists of 160 suites, 32 party suites and 2,500 club seats over five concourses and 22 concession stands. The Center's design also had to be compatible and street friendly with Figueroa Street.

According to architects NBBJ, "The building's design is all about energy and movement." As well as the sport and entertainment facilities it has retail and team office space.

It will be the first arena in the world designed to accommodate three professional teams, the NBA Lakers and Clippers and the NHL Kings. To add to the diverse program, special floor area configurations allow an unprecedented turnover rate of entertainment events.

To further reduce the height, it was decided to recess the bowl approximately 8m below the adjacent street level. This allows fans to enter the arena at a prominent concourse level. The trucks and maintenance vehicles would be required then to ramp down to the lower level docks to load and unload.

There are three major design elements: the large public entrance lobbies, the three levels of private suites and the sloping roof that sweeps from the convention centre tower toward the central downtown core.


PCL Construction, along with NBBJ Sports and the Arena Development Corp, managed the 150 strong team that built the Staples Center Arena.

The Staples Center was on an 18-month schedule; the contract included a $50,000 fine for every day the project went past deadline. The new state-of-the-art sports and entertainment facility was issued with a Temporary Certificate of Occupancy on 1 October 1999 by the City of Los Angeles, two weeks earlier than scheduled.

An arching supertruss is the building's main structural support and is purposely reflected in the exterior design of the roof. All five of its concourses are open, as terraces, to the full 85ft height of the public lobbies.

Sullivan Concrete Textures (SCT) of Costa Mesa CA supplied decorative concrete to the Staples Center. SCT poured over 2,500 yards of concrete and was responsible for all walkways, courtyard areas and the exterior concrete on the perimeter.

The architect's concept of the Center was that it should glow and pulse with light and sound at night. Materials used in the building reflect that idea, with the concrete walkways having silica carbide added to the concrete surface to give it sparkle.

Two different coloured concretes were used. The Center's main entrance area was poured with alternating light and dark grey colours in various sized shapes. In certain areas, local artists incorporated sphere and swoosh tail-like designs that were saw cut into the concrete and then filled with coloured grout.

Anning-Johnson's Los Angeles office installed 260,000 square feet of Sarnafil Single Ply roofing on this arena, including the red membrane at the "Staples" logo.


Web-enabled project management software was supplied by e-Builder, a Florida-based company. The advantages of using the e-Builder Web portal have proven to be critical to the arena completion. Prior to using a portal, the average turnaround time for an RFI (request for information) at the Staples Center Arena was approximately 28 days. After implementation of e-Builder, RFI turnaround time was reduced to an average of a mere nine days. The new portal was implemented within 24 hours.

PCL Construction implemented J.D. Edwards Supply Chain software to Manage Change and Assets. PCL used project cost tracking to monitor costs and better forecast the impact of changes to the original budget.


The L.A. Arena Company is co-owned by Philip Anschutz, CEO of The Anschutz Company, and Edward P. Roski Jr., President, Majestic Realty Co. The pair are also co-owners of the Los Angeles Kings Hockey Club.

The Anschutz Entertainment Group and FOX Entertainment Group are the majority owners and operators of the STAPLES Center and the STAPLES Center expansion.


The owners required at least 150 suites in prime locations to satisfy their revenue requirements. Most of the suites are at one end over three levels leaving the "stage end" for concerts. Staples Centre has been designed with a sweeping theatre-sized screen location at the highest end of the upper seating bowl. The design is reflected in the sloping roofline that gives the facility its most distinctive feature.


In September 2001, the Los Angeles City Council approved the LA Arena Land Company's development plan for the LA Sports & Entertainment District (LASED) adjacent to STAPLES Center.

The proposed development, which encompasses approximately four million square feet adjacent to the arena, is expected to incorporate two hotels, including a 1,200 room Convention Center headquarters hotel, shops, restaurants, live theatre, housing, an open air plaza and an expansion of the Convention Center.


The Bank of America underwrote the project with a $305 million credit facility to finance construction of STAPLES Center. The agreement is thought to have been the largest private financing of a sports arena anywhere in the United States.

The Fox Group entered into a partnership with the L.A. Arena Company that granted Fox a minority interest in the Staples Center development.


$2 million was spent on lighting; along with a $1.5 million Bose sound system, packaged into five concourses with 23 refreshment stands and dining choices. 1,200 televisions screens are positioned in clusters throughout the building.


The venue set a new record for naming rights in a $100 million deal with office-supplier Boston-based Staples, Inc. and it is the only venue to host two NBA teams and one NHL team.

Staples Center

By: Andrew Kulyk & Peter Farrell

Staples Center Ranking by USRT
Architecture 8.5
Concessions 7
Scoreboard 8
Ushers 0
Fan Support 7
Location 7
Banners/History 60
Entertainment 6
Concourses/Fan Comfort 6
Total Score 55.5
January 17, 2000
January 18, 2000
December 2, 2007
December 6, 2007
- The Staples Center - our experience here evokes some of our best.. and worst stories, as we shall explain. This facility was built at a cost of over $400 million, and no expense was spared into making this arena a place with zest and pizzazz, a typical showcase for the world's entertainment capital. The arena is built in the downtown core, and with it comes hope for a rebirth of the area by designating a 30 acre "entertainment zone", anchored by the Staples Center and the adjacent convention center.

We arrived via the light rail line, which deposited us about a block away, and we found surface lots around the arena in abundance. Some of the adjoining neighborhood looked pretty seedy, but the potential is there, and once you arrive at the building itself, you are overwhelmed at its sheer size and imposing architecture. Step inside, and you are immersed in a sweeping lobby with glass rising to the ceiling and gigantic video boards, sculptures, plants and glass lined escalators to take you upstairs.

The Concourse
Bright, roomy, and high tech advertising boards, impressively designed kiosks, concession stands and vending carts everywhere. The Team LA  merchandise store and the FOX sports cafe are off the main concourse. The upper concourses have outdoor balconies, where fans can step up to an outdoor bar, order a drink and enjoy the warm California weather.

The Bowl
Pretty big and imposing, the levels are broken down into 100 level, 200 level with Premier Seating, THREE levels of suites, and then the 300 level way way up high. In the end zone above the 200 level is a restaurant for Premier Seat holders with a view of the playing surface. An 8 sided scoreboard hangs in the center, and among the many ad panels and message boards are three out of town scrolling scores - one for NHL, one for NBA, and the third for NCAA. Pretty cool!

Great selection at boxcar prices, but somebody has to pay for all this! Best of show here is the mexican stand - with the fajitas and the nachos grande.

Banners/Retired Numbers
The Los Angeles Lakers have had the greatest success here, with their six NBA championships. Their retired numbers include the names Chamberlain, Jabbar, West, Baylor, Johnson, Goodrich and Worthy. The Kings have hung the names of Rogie Vachon and Marcel Dionne. The Clippers???? movin on..

Now the Bad News
We walk in the building for the Lakers game, and start snapping photos. Immediately we are confronted by a security guard (skinny kid, about 19 years old, 120 lbs impeccably dressed) who insists that we turn over our camera. When we balked, he "escorted" us to guest relations, leading Andrew by the arm until Andrew told him that he was perfectly able bodied and did not require assistance. We were forced to surrender the camera, even though we identified ourselves as visitors, told them about our project and pleaded with them to take even one inside photo. Nothing doing. It doesn't end there... ushers, vendors, security people and concession workers all had this mean and surly attitude about them. Maybe it's a SOCAL thing, but we were treated very shabbily. And no, there is no inside photo on this profile, because we had no camera.

Amazing building, lots to see and do, and we are hoping that our Clippers experience in 2001 will make up for the rough time we had with the Lakers and the Kings. We will sneak in the camera, and post an update, hopefully with a lot of cool pics!

Staples Center

The road trippers venue profile is pretty much covered in our first Staples Center report, so basically we want to share a little bit about our return visit, this time to see the Los Angeles Clippers play.

The Clippers have a tie to our home in Buffalo, New York, since this franchise was born as the Buffalo Braves back in 1970. The Braves thrilled and dazzled us during their time in Buffalo, and great players such as Randy Smith, Ernie DiGregorio and Hall of Famer Bob McAdoo led this team to heights that have never been achieved since they left Buffalo.

The City of Buffalo never embraced the Braves, and once the team was sold, new owner John Y. Brown went through a series of deals and maneuvers which landed the team in San Diego, where they became the Clippers. Well, the team did even worse there, and a few years later they moved to Los Angeles, where they became the Los Angeles Clippers.

This franchise never had too much success, and even today is regarded as the poor cousin of L.A.'s glitzy team - the Lakers. Nevertheless, this team does have its following here in Los Angeles, and finally are showing signs of life on the court.

Now they are really a fun team to watch, and have a stable of young talent which bodes well for their future if they can keep these guys together. Our assessment of the Clippers is similar to that of the '95-'96 Sabres, who weren't playoff bound but hard working and entertaining. Judging from the sellout crowd on hand and on their feet cheering a Clippers win, this team is clearly winning the hearts of the fans.

The Arena
Glad to report no problems with security this time. We were quite paranoid about taking in the camera, and concealed it well, even as we passed the harsh "no cameras or video equipment allowed" signs at each entrance. Maybe it was our imagination, but people seemed friendlier this time around. We enjoyed a nice dinner at the FOX sky sports cafe in the Staples Center, and caught some of the earlier games on the monitors (remember this is the west coast, so things start up here around 4-4:30 on television!)

The Game
A sellout crowd! A franchise record 10th sellout! What is going on here? The Clippers actually are selling out games to folks who want to see THEM play! On this night, the Clippers pretty much manhandled the playoff bound Timberwolves. Best quote of the night was from Clippers forward Eric Piatkowski, who gleefully said "we don't want this season to end!"

Staples Center gets a high rating,, but that distinction is made on behalf of the Los Angeles Clippers. We tip our hat to the folks who once called themselves the Buffalo Braves, and we recommend that when you visit the Staples Center, you skip the Lakers, you skip the Kings, and buy tickets to the Clippers. You will save a lot of money on your tickets, and the Clippers people will treat you right.

September 3, 2009
Copyright 2009 MediaVentures

Eight luxury suites on the top level of the Staples Center in Los Angeles will be converted to a new Hyde Lounge, a spinoff of the nightclub with the same name that operates a few miles from the arena. The goal is to sell memberships to the club.

October 22, 2009
Copyright 2009 MediaVentures

Los Angeles, Calif. - Staples Inc. has converted its 20-year naming rights deal for the downtown Los Angeles arena into a lifetime agreement. Terms of the deal with venue owner AEG were not announced.

The deal is the first lifetime naming rights deal for a major-market arena. The original Staples Center deal was also the first to reach $100 million.

Staples has owned the naming rights to STAPLES Center since the arena`s opening in October 1999 as part of the company`s original agreement with AEG. The 10th year of this agreement included an option for a naming rights extension.

"Staples has been a great partner since day one," said Timothy J. Leiweke, president & CEO of AEG and STAPLES Center. "They had the vision to enter into a groundbreaking agreement 10 years ago, which has certainly paid off with a partnership to create an association with the most widely recognized venue in the world. This lifetime deal, with a leading global brand, will continue to be heralded as a great investment and one that will help secure the future of STAPLES Center as a world-class sports and entertainment destination."

With annual attendance of more than four million people and about 250 events annually, the Staples Center is the host of many high-profile events of national and international distinction. These include the 2000 Democratic National Convention, the 2002 NHL All-Star game, the 2004 NBA All-Star Game, 2009 ISU World Figure Skating Championships, nine GRAMMY Awards shows, the ESPN X Games, the WTA Tour Championships, and is home to the NCAA Men`s Pacific Life Pac 10 Basketball Championships. Most recently, the arena received global attention for the Michael Jackson memorial service which was watched by over 2 billion viewers worldwide.

February 18, 2010
Copyright 2010 MediaVentures

Los Angeles, Calif. - Officials at the Staples Center say all 150 luxury suites at the building are now leased. The suites were not fully leased last year.

The price of VIP entertainment is not cheap - boxes that hold as many as 14 people cost between $250,000 and $475,000 a year, depending on their location in the downtown Los Angeles arena. For that, owners get about 2,500 tickets a year to every public event held at Staples. Those include Los Angeles Lakers, Clippers and Sparks basketball games and Los Angeles Kings hockey games, along with concerts, lectures, the X games and the occasional wrestling match.

The boxes didn't sell out in 2009, AEG spokesman Michael Roth said, but they did for 2010. A few of the boxes are held by individuals, but most are rented by companies that use them to entertain clients.

November 18, 2010
Copyright 2010 MediaVentures

Los Angeles, Calif. - AEG has launched AEG 1EARTH, a program designed to reduce and track the energy used by the properties it owns and manages, the company said.

The goal of reducing and greenhouse gas emissions, solid waste and water usage by at least 20 percent was developed in partnership with Ecologix by Xanterra and verified by FCI Management Consultants. The goal is targeted for completion by 2010. The goals include:
* 20 percent reduction in greenhouse gas emissions (CO2 intensity).
* 15 percent of all electricity usage derived from renewable energy sources.
* 25 percent of all solid waste diverted from landfill.
* 20 percent reduction in water use intensity.

The AEG report contains metrics, collected from 20 facilities from within AEG's global network of venues, including STAPLES Center, Nokia Theatre L.A. LIVE, The Home Depot Center and Ontario's Citizens Business Bank Arena.

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