Since 1999, the Staples Center has been the venue for hosting sporting and entertainment events in Los Angeles. Not only is it the home to the Lakers, Clippers, and Kings (not to mention a courtside seat reserved for Jack Nicholson). But it's also big enough to play host when acts like the Red Hot Chili Peppers and Van Halen drop into town. So without further ado, here's everything you need to know when visiting the Staples Center.
How do I purchase tickets?
You can purchase tickets for any Staples Center event at the box office, open 10 a.m. to 6 p.m. daily, online at www.staplescenter.com, or by calling 800-745-3000. But be warned, Lakers tickets are pretty hard to come by. And with the recent acquisition of Chris Paul, Clipper games sell out fairly quickly now too. So your best bet is to purchase them well in advance.
How do I get there by public transportation?
Since it's located in L.A. Live, the Staples Center is fairly accessibly by taking the bus or train. The Staples Center website already has a lot of info on the Metro Rail and Metro buses you'll need to take. You can find it all that information by visiting www.staplescenter.com/parking/public-transportation.
How do I get there by car?
Staples Center is located in the L.A. Live section of Downtown, so you'll want to take the 101 South to 110 South if you're coming from Thousand Oaks, Simi Valley and San Fernando Valley. Those coming from Orange County and Anaheim need to take the 405 North to 110 North, then get off on Exit 10. If you're coming from Burbank, Glendale or Pasadena, take the 5 South To 110 South, then get off on the Olympic Blvd. Exit. Or you can type in your address on the Staples Center home page, which will then give you directions.
What's the parking like if I drive?
There is a fairly large underground park garage at L.A. Live that will run you about $20 to park. The only problem is, it's almost always filled up on gameday. There are other parking lots in the area – some which go for as cheap as $5 for the night – but they're all going to require a little bit of walking. Check out www.staplescenter.com/parking/parking-overview for a broader overview of the parking situation.
What's the seating situation like?
This is Hollywood so the Staples Center comes with plenty of seating options for high rollers. Most of their luxury suites include catered food, beverages, and free parking. But if you you're just planning on seeing the game with friends than you shouldn't have to worry about being at a disadvantage visually. Pretty much any seat at the Staples Center is a good one, thanks to its steep vertical slope – even the nosebleeds. The full seating chart for the Staples Center is available on www.staplescenter.com.
What kind of food do they serve inside?
Staples Center has all you typical stadium fare, including hot dogs, popcorn, candy, soda, and alcohol (if you're old enough). McDonalds and California Pizza Kitchen are sponsors of the Staples Center so in luck if you have a sudden hankering for a Big Mac during half time (and who among us hasn’t?). And like any venue, prices can get pretty steep. Look to spend no less than $10 for a hot dog and candy, while a couple of regular sized beers will probably cost you $15. Hey, at least you get to keep the cups! You can find a full list of all the concessions available at the Staples Center by visiting www.staplescenter.com/guest-services/main-concourse-concessions.
Are there any good places to eat around there?
In a word – yes! In fact it seems like there's a new restaurant opening up every day in the burgeoning South Park district where Staples Center resides in. If you're in the mood for pizza, try Bottega Louie on 700 S. Grand. Seafood? Check out the Water Grill on 544 S. Grand. And for those who want to experiment with some delicious Hawaiian fusion cuisine then you won't want to miss Roy's Restaurant on 800 S. Figueroa. And of course there's all the great restaurants right next door at L.A. Live, like Trader Vic's, Wolfgang Puck Bar & Grill, Fleming's Steakhouse, Lawry's, Yard House, and many more.
Where can I learn more about the Staples Center?
Staples Center is located at 1111 S. Figueroa St. in Downtown. You can call 213-742-7100 with any other questions you might have, or just visit www.staplescenter.com. But considering the fact that you're already reading this on the Internet, you probably already knew that.