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Opened: 1999
Capacity: 18,997 seats
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Dance Team: Laker Girls
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Staples Center
rena Address
1111 S. Figueroa Street
Los Angeles, CA 90015
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NBA Basketball Arena Review - Staples Center
A few special places transcend sports. Even the casual fan recognizes their cultural significance. They have names like Lambeau, Fenway, and the Garden. Staples Center in Los Angeles may not be equal with those places, but it is very close. It helps that the Staples Center plays host to two NBA team, but that does not mean that the game experience for each team is the same. The Staples Center manages to create a completely different environment for the LA Clippers and the LA Lakers. In this review, we will focus on the Laker experience. The Lakers have been playing at the 19-thousand seat Staples Arena since 1999, and in that time, they have managed to bring multiple NBA Championships home to LA.

The Staples Center is located right in the heart of downtown Los Angeles and is accessed by the 101, 10, 110, and 405. Staples center boasts over 3,300 parking directly adjacent to the arena and another 17,000 private parking spaces within a 5-minute walk of the arena. There are also public transportation options available. The area immediately surrounding the arena is well developed and safe.

At the Staples Center, fan safety and security is a primary goal. At each entrance, you will see numerous metal detectors and body scanners. Normally, this would cause a delay getting into the arena, but the arena staff is well practiced and the line moves quickly. Camera restrictions in the arena are very strict. Make sure your camera is allowed before entering the arena. They will take it.

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There are 5 concourses within the arena with over 1,200 closed-circuit televisions scattered throughout. The concourses are wide and spacious allowing traffic to flow smoothly. The many television sets mean that even if you have to leave your seat early, you won’t miss a minute of the game. Security is extremely tight within the arena. They routinely confiscate cameras and check ticket stubs. Fans need to make sure they have their ticket stubs at all time, or they may not be allowed back to their seats.

It is no surprise that in a town built on putting on a good show that the pregame and in-game show would be spectacular. Before every game, the lights are dimmed and the strains of “Teen Age Wasteland” are piped through the arena. The accompanying montage of great Laker moments is worthy of any Hollywood studio. The famous Laker girls put on a magnificent show, and the “lights out” campaign adds a theater like atmosphere as the court is illuminated while the crowd lights are dimmed. The Lakers truly know how to put on a show.

When it comes to food, the Staples Center is in the top tier of NBA arenas. For southern California Mexican dishes, you should try Camacho’s . You should definitely try a Junkyard Dawg from Big Dawgs, but you will need to eat it with a fork. For pizza and pasta dishes, there is a California Pizza Kitchen inside the arena, and the Staples Center is one of the few arenas where you will feel comfortable eating the sushi. Beer and other alcoholic beverages are expensive but plentiful.

If you want to grab a bite to eat before or after the game, you will not have any trouble finding a great restaurant within easy walking distance of the arena. Try Flemings Steakhouse for excellent steak and wine pairing. Celebrity chef Wolfgang Puck's nearby restaurant offers unique California Fusion cuisine. If seafood is more your taste, try Rock N Fish. Lebella Cucina is a laidback, Italian eatery with excellent food at reasonable prices. Great sushi and Japanese fare can be found at Katsuya. Beyond that, it’s Los Angeles. There are always options.

Los Angeles is a town that is built on all-night parties, and there is a variety of nightclubs, cigar bars, sports bars, and live music venues from which to choose. Many of these venues have world-famous names like the Viper Room. No matter your taste, in LA, there is always a party; however, many fans choose to eat a big preparty meal at the nearby Pantry. This old diner never closes and is right near the Staples Center. It’s an LA institution.

Los Angeles is a tourism Mecca. If you are arriving a few days early or staying a few days late, you will find there is plenty to do in the City of Angels. You can take a studio tour, or head down to the Brown Derby for lunch. There are miles of beaches, and if you like to shop, you will find some of the trendiest spots in the country in LA. The question is not what to do in LA; it is how do you fit it all into just a few short days?

Catching a Lakers game at the Staples Center is not cheap, but it is worth it. Since it opened, the Staples Center has seen the LA Lakers bring 6 NBA Championship and has hosted 2 All-Star games. The Lakers changed the way basketball was played on the professional level, and the Staples Center has revolutionized how a state of the art facility puts on a show. It is well worth the extra money to attend a game here.

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