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Opened: 1999
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1111 S. Figueroa Street
Los Angeles, CA 90015
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The Los Angeles Clippers share the 19-thousand seat Staples Center with their rivals the Los Angeles Lakers. It is uncommon for two professional franchises to share the same venue, but somehow, the Staples Center has made it work. Both teams have a unique game experience that is all their own. The arena’s color scheme is transformed from the Lakers' purple and gold to the Clipper’s red and blue on game days, and if you did not know better, you would think you were attending two games in completely different stadiums.

The Staples Center is located right in the heart of downtown Los Angeles and is easily accessed by the 101, 10, 110, and 405. You can also gain access to the arena via the 7th Street Station and Miami public transportation. For those who choose to drive to the arena, there are over 3,300 parking spaces at the Staples Center and another 17,000 private parking spaces within a 5-minute walk of the arena. The area around the arena is safe, and you are in no danger if you decide to try to save a little money by parking away from the arena.

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Once you are ready enter the arena, you will be greeted by a series of metal detectors. Unlike other arenas around the country, the Staples Center employs metal detectors for every game, but the security guards have plenty of practice and the lines normally move quickly. Be careful with your camera. You may not be able to take it into the arena.

There are 5 concourses inside the arena. Each is wide and spacious. The management does not want a fan to miss a second of the game. They have placed over 1,200 close circuit TVs throughout the concourse area. Even if nature calls and you need to leave your seat a little early, you won’t have to miss a second of the game. If you do leave your seat, take your ticket stub. Security is extremely tight within the arena, and those without a stub may be escorted out of the arena.

The variety of food offered at the Staples Center is second to none. Camacho’s Cantina offers great southern California Mexican fare. Big Dawgs offers gourmet hot dogs piled high with toppings. You should try at least one Junkyard Dog. It’s messy but worth it. California Pizza Kitchen offers pizza and tasty Asian and Italian inspired dishes. This is also one of the few arenas with a full-service—and good!—sushi bar. Like most stadiums, alcohol comes at a premium, but the Staples Center makes up for their prices with a variety of domestic, import, and microbrew beers.

The Clippers in-game experience differs from that of the Lakers. Where the Lakers are all about the glitz and glamour of LA and putting on an event, the Clippers are more fan-friendly. Perhaps this is why the Clippers’ fans are devoted even while their team struggles.

The Clippers currently have no mascot, but they make up for it with enthusiasm of their fans and their top-notch dance teams. The Clipper Spirit performs a variety of routines during the game, and the Fast Break Crew performs trick filled break dance routines to keep the crowd up and on their feet during the breaks in the action. An in-house DJ supplies the music for the dance routines.

The fans are what truly separate a Clippers game from a Lakers game. Maybe it’s the comparatively low-price of admission to a Clippers game versus a Lakers game, but the fans truly embrace this team. The cheer every bucket, boo every bad call, and rarely leave their seats before the final buzzer.

If you and your buddies want to grab a bite to eat before or after the game, there are plenty of options within a short walk of the Staples Center. Flemings Steakhouse offers excellent steaks and wine. Celebrity chef Wolfgang Puck has a restaurant nearby. Rock N Fish offers excellent seafood. Lebella Cucina offers excellent Italian food in a laid-back atmosphere. Katsuya has great Japanese food and sushi. Beyond that, it’s Los Angeles. There are always options.

After the game, the fans normally melt into the night. Fans that are looking to continue the fun into the wee hours of the morning will find no shortage of options in downtown Los Angeles. This was a city built on nightclubs and parties. There is always something going on, but you may want to stop off at the Pantry for a hearty pre-party meal. This diner is open 24 hours a day 7 days a week. They offer good food, large portion, and reasonable prices. The famous upscale, all-night bowling alley Lucky Strikes is just a short walk from the arena.

If you plan to arrive early or stay a few extra days in Los Angeles, you may be wondering how to spend your time. Don’t worry about it. In Los Angeles, it is not a matter of finding something to do during the day. It is a matter of squeezing everything into a few days. There is plenty to do in LA. There is the Walk of Fame, studio tours, shopping on Rodeo Drive, hanging out at the beach, and much more. It all depends you would like to see while you are on your road trip to Los Angeles.

The Clippers offer an affordable way to catch a game at the Staples Center. You do not have to break the bank to get a good seat. If you are more concerned with watching the action on the hardwood rather than trying to spot Jack Nicholson, the Clippers are the right choice for your next trip to LA.

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