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Staples Center - Los Angeles, CA
Scream like a fan, look like a celebrity at Staples Center, where the two are often one in the same as Downtown LA’s premiere arena.
Though it has only been open to the public since 1999, the Staples Center is one of the most widely known multi-purpose arenas in the world. The arena provides live National Hockey League action with Los Angeles Kings tickets. It also plays home the Los Angeles Avengers of the Arena Football League, the Los Angeles D-Fenders of the National Basketball Association's D League, and the Los Angeles Sparks of the Women's National Basketball Association. Fans of the NBA enjoy live high flying entertianment by way of Los Angeles Clippers tickets and Los Angeles Lakers tickets.
The most iconic of these, and the one responsible for much of the worldwide acclaim, is the Los Angeles Lakers of the NBA. The Lakers are one of the most valuable and most watched franchises in the entire world, and so it goes without saying that the arena they play in would instantly become iconic. And, of course, the Staples Center has to be an arena capable of hosting the Lakers and all of the other great franchises listed above. Many arenas only host one or two franchises, while the Staples Center is home to several. That should not be overlooked.
In addition to the sports franchises listed above, the Staples Center also hosts many other events each year, with some years seeing nearly 300 events. It sees more than four million guests per year, and it is the only arena in the world, which is shared by two teams in the National Basketball Association.
Unlike many massive arenas across the country, the Staples Center is incredibly environmentally aware. Since it first opened in 1999, the Staples Center has worked to establish the best practices to operate in the most environmentally aware way possible. The Staples Center has more than 1,700 solar panels on its rooftop. Other areas of energy innovation at the Staples Center include waterless urinals, an energy management system, a waste management and recycling operation, and cleaning chemicals which qualify as green.
The Staples Center is a back-to-back winner of the Pollstar-CIC Arena of the Year award, a very prestigious award for arenas. It has a reputation of being excellent which has lasted over the past two decades and continues today, and it has also been referred to as the Sports and Entertainment Center of the World.
The Staples Center opened with Bruce Springsteen and the E Street Band in the fall of 1999, and since then more than forty million guests have entered through the front gates of the arena, and still the arena is considered one of the nicest in the world. It is extremely common, due to the location of the arena and the prestigious teams playing there, for it to be mobbed with celebrities for bigger events, especially at Lakers home games, where celebrities are seen in courtside seats nearly every game.