Since opening for business in 1959, the Los Angeles Memorial Sports Arena has hosted some of the biggest events in the last half century, including the 1960 Democratic National Convention, all the boxing competitions from the 1984 Summer Olympics, WrestleMania 2, it was even used as a location for several of the climactic boxing matches in the Rocky movies. Yo Adrian, I did it! Although it was once home to both the Clippers and Lakers, as well the USC men's basketball team, today concerts and conventions are the most common types of events held there. Bruce Springsteen, who recently performed two sold out shows on the arena's stage, is such a big fan of the place that he once called it "the joint that don't disappoint." And when the Boss gives his seal of approval, you can assume he knows what he's talking about, seeing that he's played just about every venue known to man (except the moon, of course). So what can you expect when visiting the Sports Arena? Well you can always rub a magic crystal ball and hope it gives you some type of insight. Pass! Or you can just continue reading. Hmm, option two sounds a lot better.
Where is the L.A Sports Arena located?
The Sports Arena is located right next to the Los Angeles Memorial Coliseum. It's official address is 3939 S. Figueroa St., 90037.
How do I purchase tickets?
The website for the Sports Arena is kind of dated so should a big act (like Springsteen) come to town, you're best bet for purchasing tickets is through Ticketmaster. But just in case you want a second option, you can always buy tickets at the box office, which is located at the south doors of the arena. The box office is opened from 10 a.m. to 6 p.m. Monday through Friday, and only accepts cash, Visa MasterCard, and American Express.
How do I get there by public transportation?
The sports arena is easily accessible by a number of different trains and buses. But the best way to get there would be the Metro Silver Line. Not only does it make frequent stops every 5 to 10 minutes during weekday rush hours, but it also provides a direct connection right to the arena's front entrance. And for a measly $2.45, it sure beats taking a cab. You can find more info about the Silver Line, as well as all the other bus and train routes Metro provides, by visiting www.metro.net.
How do I get there by car?
Those coming from West Hollywood or Hollywood can take the 101 South to the 110 South. You'll then want to take Exit 20A for Martin Luther King Jr. Boulevard. Turn right on West Martin Luther King Jr. Boulevard and you'll be right in front of the Sports Arena.
If you're coming from South Bay and the beach cities, take the 110 North and get off at Exit 20A for Martin Luther King Jr. Boulevard. Merge onto South Grand Avenue, then make a left onto West 39th Street. Continue onto Exposition Park Drive until you reach the Sports Arena.
Those traveling from Pasadena need to take the 110 South and get off at Exit 20A for Martin Luther King Jr. Boulevard. Take the first right onto South Figueroa Street, then make a left onto Exposition Park Drive. Stay on that until you arrive at the Sports Arena.
If you're coming from the San Fernando Valley, take the 101 South to the 110 South. Get off on Exit 20A, and take Martin Luther King Jr. Boulevard until you arrive at the front of the Sports Arena.
Those coming from Orange County should take the 5 North to the 10 West. Take Exit 13 and merge onto the 110 South. Get off on Exit 20A, and take Martin Luther King Jr. Boulevard until you arrive at the front of the Sports Arena.
What's the parking like if I drive?
Since the Coliseum can hold up to 100,000 people, the Sports Arena has an ample amount of parking spots located all around it. Prices can get a bit steep though, meaning you should expect to pay between $20 and $25. But isn't that why carpooling was invented?
What's the seating situation like?
The place holds about 15,000, so it's intimate enough to enhance your concert-going experience. The sound system is pretty decent as well, so even if you are in the nosebleeds you shouldn't have any problem hearing the music. Hey, the Boss didn't call it the "joint that don't disappoint" for nothing!
What kind of food do they serve inside?
The Sports Arena has all the typical concession-style eats, including hot dogs, candy, pop corn, pretzels, nachos, soda, beer etc. Expect to pay no less than $20 if you're looking to fill up on food for the night, while most beers cost about $10. Food trucks have been known to park outside of the arena from time to time, so if you're lucky you can hold off until after the show for a cheaper bite-to-eat. Just don't bank on that as an option.
Are there any good places to eat around there?
Since it's near USC, the Sports Arena has dozens of fast food restaurants located all around it, including a Subway, Chipotle, and McDonald's, even a Chick-fil-A! Of course those options are only appropriate if you're in the mood to eat like a college kid. For more adult-like appetites check out the delicious Peruvian dishes at Mo-Chica, located at 3655 S. Grand Ave. If you're in the mood for Mexican food then Chichen Itza has plenty of really tasty chicken dishes. And those who just want to grab a slice of pizza won't be disappointed with Pizza Rustica, located 3782 S. Figueroa. Those guys sure know how to make a pie.
Where can I learn more about the L.A Sports Arena?
The Sports Arena's website isn't the greatest, but it should be able to answer most of the questions you might have. You can visit it by going to www.lacoliseum.com, then clicking on any of the Sports Arena-related boxes on the homepage. The site doubles as information zone for the Coliseum also, which is why it can be a little confusing.