Staples Center

Los Angeles Lakers (NBA, Since 1999 ) Los Angeles Clippers (NBA, Since 1999 ) Los Angeles Sparks (WNBA since 2001) Los Angeles Kings (NHL, 1999 ) Los Angeles Avengers (AFL since 2000) Los Angeles D- Fenders (D -League, 2006-2010 )

The Staples Center is a multi-purpose arena in Downtown Los Angeles, California in the Los Angeles Sports and Entertainment District. It is located next to the Los Angeles Convention Center. The construction of the Staples Center was privately funded with 375 million U.S. dollars (about 268 million euros ) and the naming rights were purchased from office supply retailer Staples.


The Staples Center was opened on 17 October 1999, quickly gained by the two-time winning the arena of the Year Award at the Pollstar -CIC attention. However, his fame became the stadium mainly by the home games 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 and until its dissolution ( 2009) of the Los Angeles Avengers from the Arena Football League. It was the only stadium that 's home ground of five professional sports franchises was.

Over 250 events are organized with more than four million visitors per year. Since opening in 2000 as the Democratic National Convention, 2002, the U.S. Figure Skating Championships and the NHL All-Star Game, 2004 and 2011, the NBA All- Star Game and also 2004, the Pacific -10 Conference Basketball Championships, 2002-2005 the WTA Tour Championships, the first Latin Grammy Awards in 2000, the annual Grammy Awards since 2000, organized the Pacific -10 Conference Men's Basketball Tournament since 2002, the Summer X Games indoor competitions since 2003 and numerous concerts and HBO Championship boxing matches. In addition, the arena is also often used for wrestling - so for WrestleMania XXI 2005 WWE Unforgiven 2002, Judgment Day 2004, SummerSlam 2009, 2010, 2011, 2012, 2013, and other WWE events.

Since the opening of Staples Center slight structural changes in the interior as well as in the outdoor facilities were made again and again. So the Lakers and Clippers basket of plants have been renewed over time and with new watches and displays. Likewise, the various cabins and rooms of the home teams (Los Angeles Lakers, Los Angeles Clippers, Los Angeles Kings ) were renewed in 2010, renovated and enlarged. Since the summer of 2010, the Staples Center has also a brand new video cube with 4- D technology, which is used in almost all the events at the Center for use.


The Staples Center in concerts up to 20,000 visitors space, 18,997 for basketball matches and 18,118 for ice hockey and arena football games. The attendance record is held by a wrestling event - 20,193 at WWE WrestleMania XXI on 3 April 2005.


  • Outside the stadium are statues of Jerry West, Wayne Gretzky and Magic Johnson, though these legends have never played at the Staples Center.
  • 2,500 tons of steel and 56,000 cubic meters of concrete were used in the Staples Center.
  • On July 7, 2009 took place at the Staples Center in front of 17,500 fans, 2,000 journalists and 500 prominent a two-hour funeral and farewell ceremony for the deceased on 25 June 2009 " King of Pop" Michael Jackson instead. To the drawn free tickets to approximately 1.6 million fans had tried.


Interior of basketball in a game of the Clippers (2013 )

Interior in ice hockey

Statue of Magic Johnson outside the stadium

Main entrance at night

Exterior facade

Banner with the blocked jersey numbers of the Lakers under the arena roof

Laser show before playoff game in 2012

The video cube above the pitch

Statue of Wayne Gretzky outside the stadium