Staples Center, 111 S. Figueroa Street,
Los Angeles, CA.
Box Office: (213) 742-7340 www.staplescenter.com
Staples Center is billed
as the Sports Entertainment Center of the World. Built with as a sports and
entertainment complex containing 20,000 seats, it is home to five
professional sports franchises - the NBA's Los Angeles Lakers and Los
Angeles Clippers, the NHL's Los Angeles Kings, the AFL's Los Angeles
Avengers and the WNBA's Los Angeles Sparks. in addition to fantastic
sporting events, Staples Center is home to entertainment events such the
Grammy Awards and large concerts with top artists such Rolling Stones, Paul
McCartney and Aerosmith.
Located in the heart of
downtown Los Angeles, the beautiful 900,000 square foot sports and
entertainment facility is 15 times larger than Aaron Spelling's 60,000
square foot Holmby Hills house just a few miles up the road. While Aaron
spent a cool $48 million to build his dream home that took five years to
complete, Staples Center cost $375 million (less than 8 times the amount)
and was built in a record 18 months.
Got sports? The
Staples Center doesn't have
an ice rink, a bowling alley and two Olympic-size swimming pools like the
Spelling Manor. What it offers instead is a special floor area configuration
to allow unprecedented turnover rates for entertainment events.
The first arena in the world designed to accommodate three professional
teams, it consists of 160 suites, 32 party suites and 2,500 club seats over
five concourses and 22 concession stands.
The exterior colored
glass entrance was designed to provide a friendly appearance to the
surrounding neighborhood it faces on Figueroa Street where traffic
constantly passes from the MetroRail Blue Line and street traffic. Also
visible from the 110 Harbor Freeway, designers envisioned it would glow and
pulse with light and sound at night. To create that illusion, materials used
in the concrete walkways include silica carbide to give them sparkle. Two
different colors of concrete used at the Center's main entrance were poured
with alternating light and dark grey colors in various sized shapes and
sphere and swoosh tail-like designs saw-cut into the concrete were filled
with colored grout to add extra dimension to the cylindrical gray building.
More than a big gray box,
however, the building's main structural support is an arching supertruss
purposely reflected in the exterior design of the roof. All five of its
concourses feature open terraces visible to the full 85 foot height of the
public lobbies. The clever architectural design creates an
esthetically-pleasing, yet economical product (relatively speaking) for
faster and higher returns for investors such as L.A. Arena Company 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
Tickets for Staples
Center sports and entertainment events are available at the Center Box
Office located at 1111 S. Figueroa Street. The Box Office is adjacent to
Star Plaza, on Chick Hearn Court (formerly 11th Street), between Georgia and
Figueroa. Contact the Box Office by phone at (213) 742-7340.
Staples Center is located at 1111 S. Figueroa Street in downtown Los
Angeles, next to the Convention Center. The closest stop the Blue Line is
Pico Station. www.Metro.net
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.