3939 S. Figueroa Street
Los Angeles, California 90037
Telephone: (213) 748-6136

Arena (opened 1959)
Seats 16,161 for basketball.


Built as a state-of-the-art arena in 1959 and opened by then-U.S. Vice President Richard M. Nixon, the Memorial Sports Arena was dedicated to the sacrifice of American forces in all wars. Designed by the famed firm of Welton Becket & Associates and built at a cost of $7.4 million, it became a sister facility to the adjacent Los Angeles Memorial Coliseum and quickly became the city's top arena. It became the home court of the Los Angeles Lakers of the NBA when they moved from Minneapolis in 1960 (through 1967), the UCLA and USC basketball teams (USC is still there) and the NBA Los Angeles Clippers from 1985-99. It was also the site of the 1968 and 1972 NCAA men's basketball Final Four, the 1992 NCAA women's Final Four, the boxing competition during the 1984 Olympic Games, was a primary site for the 1960 Democratic National Convention and has been a popular site for movies including multiple editions of the Rocky series.

Quick Facts

The basics:
The Sports Arena seats 16,161 for basketball and can accommodate 16.727 for boxing and 14,546 for ice sports. There are 12,389 fixed upper-level, theatre-type seats and arena-level seating which varies by sport.

Location and parking:
The Sports Arena is located at the corner of Figueroa Street and Martin Luther King, Jr. Boulevard. It can be accessed from the nearby Santa Monica (10) Freeway via the Vermont Avenue exit.

The Sports Arena is owned and operated by the Los Angeles Coliseum Commission. Patrick Lynch is the general manager of both the Coliseum and Sports Arena facilities. Inquiries concerning facility rental should be directed to assistant g.m. of events Todd DeStefano at (213) 765-6368 or by fax to (213) 746-9346.

Technical information:
The floor area comprises a 144 by 262 foot space (38,000 sq.ft.), affording the largest standing floor capacity of any arena in the area. There is a 75-foot vertical clearance. The arena has a unique, expansive floor-level footprint of nearly 130,000 square feet and 101,557 square feet on the concourse level, allowing the installation of any needed display, food or other programming requirements. There is an enormous load-in ramp at the west side of the arena with a 40-foot wide entry.

There are four fully-equipped team rooms, plus two smaller rooms for officials and two private dressing rooms for individual performers. There are two additional meeting rooms on site which can be used for administrative or hospitality functions.

Spectator amenities start with plenty of parking all around the facility, a full-service main ticket office with eight windows, a six-window secondary box office and two portable booths, six permanent concession stands and a first aid station. There is a four-sided overhead scoreboard and several auxiliary boards.