Step Inside: Arena – A Hoops & Hype Hub

Stadium History | Parking & Admission | Seating & Capacity | Food & Concessions

Venue Quick Facts
Venue Name Arena
Location Los Angeles, CA
Address 1111 S Figueroa St, Los Angeles, CA 90015
Phone # (213) 742-7100
Capacity 20,000
Opened October 17, 1999
Architect Dan Meis

Located in the heart of downtown Los Angeles, California and home to the NBA’s Los Angeles Clippers and Los Angeles Lakers, the NHL’s Los Angeles Kings and the WNBA’s Los Angeles Sparks, Arena has been the premier sporting and event venue in the region for more than two decades. Focusing on the fan experience, Arena offers spectacular sightlines, excellent food and drink options as well as VIP seating in a technologically advanced stadium.

The center, however, is just one element of the sports and entertainment hub of downtown Los Angeles, a development known as L.A. Live. The Microsoft Theater (formerly the Nokia Theater) is the permanent home of the Primetime Emmy Awards and other ceremonies, and will be the weightlifting venue for the 2028 Summer Olympics. ESPN’s West Coast operations also operate from L.A. Live, airing late-night broadcasts of SportsCenter. The Grammy Museum is another fine attraction at L.A. Live, highlighting the legacy of music’s premier awards ceremony right next to its permanent venue.

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Originally named STAPLES Center until December 2021, Arena focuses on providing fans with a premium experience, offering free WiFi, 840 flat-screen TVs, 675 speakers outside the seating area, and a $10 million 4HD scoreboard. Five different concourses throughout the stadium feature multiple restaurants, 23 refreshment stands, the TEAM LA store and an outdoor dining experience with views of downtown Los Angeles. A 2022 multi-million dollar renovation is currently being completed to Arena and will include new LED screens, a ribbon board, upgrades to dining areas and locker rooms, as well as an outdoor plaza to connect the surrounding area, known as L.A. LIVE, to Arena.

The Arena had the task of replacing two legendary local arenas – the Fabulous Forum in Inglewood, and the Los Angeles Memorial Sports Arena in the University Park section of Los Angeles – and has succeeded beyond expectations for over two decades of operation.

Thousands of world-renowned events and sporting events have called Arena their home. Arena has hosted sporting events such as the 2004, 2011 and 2018 NBA All-Star Weekends, 2002 and 2017 NHL All-Star Games, professional figure skating events, UFC and boxing events, 11 X Games and the 2013 and 2018 NCAA Division I Men’s Basketball Championship West Division. Non-sporting events that have been at Arena include Disney on Ice, over 20 Grammy Awards ceremonies, the first-ever Latin Grammy Awards, Walking with Dinosaurs, and concerts by Janet Jackson, Phil Collins, Taylor Swift, Adele, U2, Usher, Paul McCartney, Britney Spears, Eric Clapton, Billy Joel, Cher, Mariah Carey and many more.

Parking and Admission at Arena Arena has 3,000 on-site parking spaces along with seven parking lots surrounding the stadium, which include Lot 1, Lot SW VIP, Lot C, Lot 9, Lot W, Lot E and Lot 4. Parking prices at Arena vary depending on the event and can cost anywhere from $10 to $75. There are also 10,000 more parking spaces within a seven-to-10-minute walk of the stadium that are privately owned and operated. Arena has a strict no bag policy in the venue. Bags, backpacks, purses, totes, clear bags, fanny packs and camera bags are not permitted inside Arena. Small clutches and wallets that are no larger than 5″ X 9″ X 1″ are permitted and will be thoroughly inspected. Other prohibited items at Arena include, but are not limited to, weapons of any kind, laser pointers, glow sticks, flashlights, fireworks, outside food and beverages, professional photography equipment, selfie sticks, tablets, laptops, GoPros and other audio/video recording devices. Arena Capacity & Seating Options Arena has a seating capacity of 19,067 for basketball games, 18,340 for hockey games and nearly 20,000 for concerts and other special events. Along with thousands of general seating options, Arena has dozens of VIP seating options for fans to choose from, including private suites for members and single-night rentals, Premier Seat and Premier Table & Lounge Memberships, Hyde Society Memberships, as well as the flexible Premium Event Membership. Premier Memberships have access to ­­a VIP entrance, preferred parking, in-suite/seat food and beverage options and includes access to most events at Arena. Premium Event Memberships offer members flexibility to the top games of the season, a private suite, and an overall VIP fan experience. Hyde Society Memberships offer members ability to hand-pick their events and offer access to suite-level seating, private rooms that can accommodate two to 200 people and full catering options. Private suite options are also available for multi-night or single-night rentals. These suites include a VIP entrance, a private suite and in-suite catering options. ­

What are the best seats at Arena?

The best seats at Arena vary depending on the event and personal preferences. Check out Arena seating charts and find your favorite seat today.

Food & Beverage Options at Arena


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A post shared by Arena (@cryptocomarena) Arena offers dozens of excellent food and beverage options throughout the stadium. Top food and drink options include, All-In, Blaze Pizza, Bud Light Seltzer Market, Buss Stop, Coca-Cola Area, Cooke’s Corner, Cooler by Budweiser, Deli & Dash, Dirt Dog, DTLA Bar & Grill, EATS, L.A. Fryline, Ludo Bird, Michelob Ultra Club Market, Outtakes, Salt & Char, Skyline Grill, Spotlight Grill, Tap Haus, The Spirited Mule, Tostitos Cart, Wahoo’s Fish Taco, and Wetzel’s Pretzels.

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