May 2, 2013 |
Staples Center is the second-best arena in the NBA, according to Stadium Journey . Home of the Lakers and Clippers, Staples Center "has seemingly become the basketball capital of the world. " Stadium Journey credits the arena for its ability to host multiple games on the same day, as well as acting "as the keystone of the downtown revitalization. " The San Antonio Spurs just swept the Lakers out of the first round of the playoffs. San Antonio's AT&T Center also beats out Staples Center as the top arena in the league.
October 3, 2012 |
Mistakes: They're what kids - even the famous ones - do. When Justin Bieber rolled into Staples Center Tuesday night for the first of two shows, the Internet was still buzzing with video of his performance at Glendale, Ariz. For those who missed it, the teen idol got sick after a pre-show meal of spaghetti Bolognese washed down with whole milk. The unplanned spectacle, endlessly replayed on YouTube, provided a valuable peek behind the teen-pop curtain, and reminded us in vivid detail that Bieber isn't just a global brand with a vast multimedia dominion.
May 17, 2013 |
Starting May 21, Staples Center, Nokia Plaza and the rest of the at LA Live complex will offer free Wi-Fi. “We are incredibly excited to launch our own Wi-Fi network designed and powered by our partners at Verizon and that we are able to provide our guests with a high-quality connectivity Wi-Fi experience,” said Lee Zeidman, who is senior vice president and general manager of Staples Center, Nokia Theatre and LA Live. Wi-Fi will be available throughout the entire arena including seats, suites and locker rooms, officials said.
October 8, 2009 |
VS. MINNESOTA When: 7:30. Where: Staples Center. On the air: TV: FS West; Radio: 1150. Records: Kings 1-1-0, Wild 1-1-0. Record vs. Wild (2008-09): 4-0-0. Update: Defenseman Sean O'Donnell will return after serving a five-game suspension for striking an opponent in the head in an exhibition game. He was missed -- he ranked sixth in the NHL last season in time on the ice while shorthanded (323 minutes 54 seconds) and was key to the Kings' seventh-ranked penalty killing unit.
May 28, 2013 |
With a decisive playoff Game 7 between the Kings and San Jose Sharks just a few hours away and the winner getting a spot in the Western Conference finals, talk after the morning skates Tuesday at Staples Center centered on the drama of the situation and how players had envisioned performing in those big games when they were kids. The lone dissenter was Kings Coach Darryl Sutter, who said none of the Game 7s he played in or coached had made strong impressions in his memory and that “either you win four games or you lose four games.” He added: “Game 7s are not that big a deal when you look at it. It's winning the fourth game” that matters.
January 24, 2013 |
The English band Muse does everything on a grand scale: giant prog-rock riffs, elaborate laser-light displays, songs with titles such as “Supremacy” and “Exogenesis: Symphony Part 2 (Cross-Pollination).” When the International Olympic Committee required an anthem for last summer's London Games, it knew just where to look. “Survival,” Muse's heavily orchestrated treatise on athletic determination, could make a round of ping-pong feel epic. Yet despite the band's well-established commitment to hugeness -- it broke through to American audiences in 2006 with “Supermassive Black Hole” -- you had to register some kind of surprise at the way it packed Staples Center on Wednesday night, shortly after the group launched a North American tour this week in San Diego.
October 18, 2012 |
When Lamar Odom pulled up to Staples Center, he took a deep breath. He walked past the Lakers locker room, where he spent seven seasons and won two NBA championships. Then he walked into the Clippers locker room, where he began his career in 1999. It was a surreal experience for Odom who left Los Angeles in December after being dealt to Dallas. "I was having some moments of deja vu when I first got here," Odom said. "I was 19 years old, I'm 32, you know, it's an amazing place to play basketball.
August 19, 2012 |
For the third consecutive year, one of WWE's "big four" pay-per-views, SummerSlam, was at Staples Center on Sunday. I was there, along with my wife, Diana and daughter, Hannah, and my new best friend: My Rey Mysterio Brawlin' Buddy . Now dads, if you want to get your kids the perfect gift, this is it. Because you can play with it yourself. And it will talk to you, as I discovered during the show. A recap: SANTINO MARELLA VS. ANTONIO CESARO FOR U.S TITLE This was the pre-show match, show live on YouTube.
September 7, 2012 |
"Whatever happened to the days of Madonna and Britney Spears?" That's the question my date to the Video Music Awards asked me at the conclusion of the show with a shrug. It was a semi-nice way of saying this year's ceremony felt pointless (though maybe not for the performers who got solid album plugs). But no one was more shortchanged than the few thousand who filed into the Staples Center on Thursday afternoon hoping for a spectacle-filled show. Here are a few moments that stuck for this writer in his seat.
December 11, 2009 |
In any arena, there are only two ways to truly live like royalty: down in the front row, rubbing elbows with VIPs and athletes, or up in the boxes, observing everything from a God's-eye view. The new Hyde Lounge at Staples Center was born on the court floor but is opting for ascension. Night-life impresario Sam Nazarian and Tim Leiweke, president and chief executive of AEG, the company that owns and operates Staples Center, were supposedly sitting court side at a Lakers game last May when they shook hands on the deal that would bring Hyde to downtown L.A. On a recent game night, the club's lofty ambitions were drifting into the stratosphere.