Tuesday, December 2, 2008

Where the Lakers call home

Here's some information you may not know about Staples Center. As often as we visit the darn place we should attempt to bond with it.

Staples Center broke ground on March 31, 1998 and opened 19 months later on October 17, 1999. The cost of construction you ask? Just a mere $375 million, $359 million more than what it cost to build the old Lakers nesting ground in Inglewood. The arena holds seating for roughly 19,000 Lakers fans, 18,118 Kings fans & Arena Football fans and holds the most seating for concerts at 20,000. Just think, at one point Staples Center has probably seen more Celine Dion fans than Lakers fans...and there goes my appetite.

The owner and operator of this magnificent venue is the Anschutz Entertainment Group. These guys own many other venues, such as the Home Depot Center and XL Center to name a few.

Outside the Staples Center you will find three statues. Can you name them? I will give you a second...(for answers look an inch below) I saw that you cheater!

- Magic Johnson
- Wayne Gretzky
- Oscar De La Hoya? Yes, it was unveiled just yesterday

Here are some dimensions for you. Staples Center measures 950,000 square feet of total space with a 94-foot by 200-foot arena floor, just enough space for Kobe's baseline dunks. It also stands 150-feet tall also giving Vladimir Radmanovic just enough height for his jump shot. The Staples Center is adjoined to the Los Angeles Convention Center, home of the Auto Show, E3, Emmys and the Anime Expo.

Well, there you have it folks, a plethora of Staples Center knowledge.

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