Sport and music at the Staples Centre

Whether you like basketball or not, you can’t come to LA and not visit this legendary venue.

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Sport and music at the Staples Centre

Time with the stars.

Basketball fans will easily recognise this venue, which regularly hosts matches of the two local NBA teams: the acclaimed Los Angeles Lakers of Pau Gasol, and their neighbours Los Angeles Clippers. It is also the home ground for Los Angeles Sparks, the women's basketball team, and the ice hockey team, Los Angeles Kings. Situated on 865 South Figueroa Street, it is not uncommon to see famous faces in the stands. Anthony Hopkins is a regular. Inaugurated in 1999, it has the capacity to seat around 20,000 people, depending on the type of event that takes place. In addition to sporting events, the Staples Centre also hosts concerts. Bruce Springsteen was the first musician to give a concert there. Since then, many others have done the same, including Mariah Carey and Beyoncé. The building has also been the venue for the Grammy Prizes on several occasions, before it was remodelled in 2010. A new scoreboard was installed and some changes were made to the surface and changing areas. Specific details on the cultural and sporting calendar can be found at

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