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STAPLES CENTER View the official site
1111 South Figueroa Street
Los Angeles, California 90015
Telephone: (213) 742-7300

Arena (opened 1999)
18,997 for Los Angeles Lakers
19,060 for Los Angeles Clippers
18,118 for Los Angeles Kings
16,096 for Los Angeles Avengers
12,947 for Los Angeles Sparks
20,000 for Concerts
20,000 for Boxing
160 Luxury Suites
15 Event Suites (available on an event by event basis)
2,500 Premier Seats
2/3 of arena seating is in the lower level

About STAPLES Center
One of the world's greatest arenas opened in 1999 and immediately won recognition as a two-time winner of the PollStar-CIC Arena of the Year award. It opened on October 17, 1999, with a concert by Bruce Springsteen and the E Street Band, but has gained fame as the home of the Los Angeles Lakers and Los Angeles Clippers of the NBA, the Los Angeles Sparks of the WNBA, the Los Angeles Kings of the NHL, the Los Angeles Avengers of the Arena Football League, the Pac-10 Conference Men's Basketball Tournament, the site of the annual WTA Championships and other events.

It offers every conceivable amenity for spectators and competitors alike and has been a favorite for major events including the 2000 Democratic National Convention, the 2000, 2001, 2002, 2004, 2005, and 2006 Grammy Awards, the 2002 NHL All-Star Game, as well as the 2004 NBA All-Star Game. It was the proposed venue for gymnastics for the Los Angeles bid for the 2012 Olympic Games.

Located next to the Los Angeles Convention Center complex, STAPLES Center was privately financed at a cost of $375 million and covers more than 950,000 square feet of space. Architects NBBJ Sports and Entertainment created a state-of-the-art facility which incorporates 2,500 tons of structural steel, 73,000 cubic yards of concrete and 3.8 million feet of broadcast production cable. Although it's already a Los Angeles icon, it's only a part of a much larger development, known as L.A. Live, which Anschutz Entertainment Group (AEG) broke ground in September 2005. L.A. Live is designed to offer entertainment, retail and residential programming in the downtown Los Angeles area.

Facility web site: www.staplescenter.com; www.aegworldwide.com

Ticket sales web site: www.ticketmaster.com

Quick Facts
The basics:
STAPLES Center seats 18,118 for hockey and arena football and 18,997 for basketball (specifically the Los Angeles Lakers and Clippers). Two- thirds of the seats are in the lower bowl and there are three tiers of suites (160 in all) below the top seating level. In addition, there are 13 event suites available on a game-by-game basis.

Location and parking:
STAPLES Center is located at the corner of 11th Street/Chick Hearn Court and Figueroa Streets in downtown Los Angeles. It's easily accessed from the Harbor (110) Freeway or Santa Monica (10) Freeway as they merge in the downtown area.

STAPLES Center is owned and operated by the L.A. Arena Company; Tim Leiweke, President. The STAPLES Center General Manager is Lee Zeidman, Vice President, Booking and Event Services is Christy Castillo and Vice President, Facility Operations is Sam Kropp. Inquiries about rental of the facility should be directed to (213) 742-7300.

Technical information:
The floor area of STAPLES Center comprises 94 feet by width at its maximum measurement by 200 feet in length. The height rises to as much as 150 feet inside the arena. Load-in is accommodated through a floor- level dockway. There is also a 15,000 sq.ft. marshaling area for event production and a dock area for up to six television production vehicles.

There are a total of 12 locker and dressing rooms, including team- specific locker rooms for the Lakers, Clippers and Kings. There are a series of meeting rooms in the arena, including the Bank of America conference area on the suite level and additional rooms in the attached, three-story office tower. There are extensive hospitality facilities, including a magnificent arena restaurant and club space on the suite level at one end of the arena, overlooking the arena floor.

Spectator amenities include a full-service ticket window, 1,200 television monitors throughout the facility, 23 refreshment stands spread among the arena's five concourses reached by 11 escalators and ten elevators, not to mention the Fox Sports SkyBox, a 300-seat restaurant on the main plaza open daily and the outdoor City View Grill, offering a stunning look at the downtown skyline. Event presentation is augmented by a $2 million specialty lighting package, a $1.5 million Bose sound system and an eight-sided, center-court scoreboard and videoboard. Television coverage is enabled by two complete television control rooms and 34 fixed camera positions.

Fans can also visit the TeamLA store on the plaza level, accessible from outside the arena, and offering a complete array of apparel and merchandise for the arena's resident teams and top events.

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