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LA Staples Center

Review of the Los Angeles Staples Center

The Staples Center is positioned in the heart of downtown Los Angles, so it is accessible from most significant freeways. It was rapidly built on an 18 month schedule at a price of roughly $300 million. While the seating differs for other tenants such as the Lakers and Clippers , the LA Kings seating potential is listed at 18,118.

The main factor this isn’t Five stars is that there are virtually no decent food choices here. But with LOS ANGELES Live just across Chick Hearn Ct., they are thankfully not too far away. As for the typical claims about this place:

Parking
Those lots with the guys waving the flags, advertising $20 and $25 parking? Those are for visitors!! The Pico Station of the Metro Blue line is ONE BLOCK from the Staples Center. And the Pico Station is ONE STATION away from the 7th/Metro station, that connects you to the Purple and Red Lines.

There isn’t a reason you must park close to Staples Center and pay the exorbitant fees. Even if you can not take the train all the way in, it’s worth finding parking closer to 7th/Metro Center and taking the train down one stop. Additionally, you’ll be outside of the cluster trying to get back on the freeway at 8th or Olympic after the show. Here is more information about about Staples Center Parking.

DRINKS
You are going to spend $9 for a beer and nearly as much for red wine. This is pretty common. You’ll find some more elaborate alcoholic options at the Harbor or Figueroa Bars found near each of the main entrances of the building.

Atmosphere
Before fans even set foot on the terrazzo floors in the arena, a rather fascinating vibe is produced from simply walking around the arena and taking in the sights at LA Live. For any given game, you’ll find crowds around the arena taking photos of the statues and trying to get their faces on many of the live tapings outside of the gates. Once the lights dim, fans will see the players walking through a makeshift castle on their way to the ice. The intros are rather long with all sorts of images being shown on the ice, green laser beams illuminating the arena, and a energetic chant of “Go Kings Go” to start off the action.

With numerous transplants in the LA area, you will find many opposing fans originally from different regions attending the games. This leads to some fantastic banter during the game and seems to engage the Kings fans even more. It creates an enjoyable ambiance from the first drop of the puck. The LA fans have had a great showing recently at the Staples Center, making a guest team game a tough ticket to come by. Of all LA-based professional sporting events, the fans here seem to be in their seats for gametime.

Where to sit at the Staples Center
Depending on which event your looking to attend you can checkout out the Staples Center Seating Charts
for various concerts, basketball and hockey games and see the view of the court or ice from your seat.

Service
Those individuals in the maroon jackets have been extremely effective every time I’ve needed them. On the latest visit, one guy even walked us nearly a quarter around the Center in search of some special masks that had been handed out to prior arrivals.

Lineup
Okay, any artist that performs at the Staples Center will likely be high class. We’ve also got our pro basketball and hockey teams. The Hollywood Bowl is, in my opinion, the only other venue in Los Angeles that brings in the heavy hitting headliner shows.. No, they’re not the personal shows that will allow you to get up close and personal with the performer.

You can go to the Greek, the Gibson, the Forum, the Home Depot Center, or perhaps hop next door to the Nokia Theater, but playing Staples Center is truly an achievement for any performer. We were there recently for Kaskade to not only be the first EDM artist to headline, but also to sell out, Staples Center.

Conclusion
Staples Center was the very first arena in sports to become the long term home of three professional sports teams. While the setting between a hockey game and basketball game are vastly various, the turnover rate to change one to another is rather outstanding. Appreciate the Staples Center for what it is: A Los Angeles landmark and an indelible part of the city’s history.

If you can’t stand expensive parking and costly beverages, but you love stars, basketball games, and people-watching, then I have 3 words for you: WELCOME TO LOS ANGELES. You can also checkout out a great article on the 5 reasons you must visit the Staples Center.

– Chris Mattos

Pitbull Planet Pit World Tour Coming to Los Angeles

Pitbull Los Angeles Tickets

Pitbull Los Angeles Tickets

International Latin superstar Pitbull will keep the party going this summer as he embarks on the U.S. leg of his Planet Pit World Tour. The tour, which has been through Mexico, Canada and Europe, kicks off July 26th in Chicago, IL at the Charter One Pavilion with dates confirmed through August 8th at the Gibson Amphitheater in Los Angeles, CA before bringing the party to Japan and Australia later this year.
PITBULL 2012 NORTH AMERICAN TOUR DATES:
Date City Venue
July 26 Chicago, IL Charter One Pavilion
July 28 Detroit, MI DTE Energy Music Theater
July 29 Cleveland, OH Jacobs Pavilion at Nautica
July 31 Atlanta, GA Chastain Park Amphitheatre
August 2 Houston, TX Cynthia Woods Mitchell Pavilion
August 3 Thackerville, TX Windstar Casino
August 4 Albuquerque, NM Hard Rock Casino Presents: The Pavilion
August 5 Tuscon, AZ AVA Amp
August 7 Chula Vista, CA Cricket Pavilion
August 8 Los Angeles, CA Universal Amphitheatre
August 10 Las Vegas, NV Red Rock Amphitheatre
August 11 San Francisco, CA Bill Graham Civic Center

Foster The People to play the Gibson Ampitheater 06/30

Spring 2012 Tour announced starting May 29th in New York City. Tickets on sale Friday, Dec. 16th
5/29    –    New York, NY             –         Rumsey Playfield (w/The Kooks)
5/30    –    New York, NY      –                Rumsey Playfield (w/The Kooks)
6/1     –     Columbus, OH      –               The LC Pavilion (w/The Kooks)
6/4    –      Grand Prairie, TX        –         Verizon Theatre (w/The Kooks)
6/5    –      Austin, TX –                             The Backyard (w/The Kooks)
6/7      –    Alpharetta, GA            –          Verizon Wireless Amphitheatre (w/The Kooks)
6/10     –   Columbia, MD           –           Merriweather Post Pavilion (w/The Kooks)
6/12    –        Montreal, QC –                    Lachine Canal (w/Tokyo Police Club)
6/14  –      Philadelphia, PA    –              Mann Center for the Performing Arts (w/Tokyo Police Club)
6/15     –   Boston, MA             –              Bank Of America Pavilion (w/Tokyo Police Club)
6/16   –     Detroit, MI             –                The Fillmore Detroit (w/Tokyo Police Club)
6/19    –    Toronto, ON            –             Downsview Park (w/Tokyo Police Club)
6/20    –    Chicago, IL        –                   Congress Theater (w/Tokyo Police Club)
6/22     –   Minneapolis, MN        –         US Bank Theater (w/Tokyo Police Club)
6/25      –  Burnaby, BC    –                  Deer Lake Park (w/Mayer Hawthorne & The County)
6/26     –   Seattle, WA               –            WaMu Theatre (w/Mayer Hawthorne & The County)
6/27        Portland, OR                       Edgefield (w/Mayer Hawthorne & The County)
6/29   –     Berkeley, CA           –             Greek Theatre (w/Mayer Hawthorne & The County)
6/30   –     Los Angeles,  CA         –       Gibson Amphitheatre (w/Mayer Hawthorne & The County)
7/3      –    Morrison, CO                        Red Rocks Amphitheatre (w/Mayer Hawthorne & The County)
7/5     –     Salt Lake City, UT    –            The Great Salttair (w/Mayer Hawthorne & The County)
7/6      –    Phoenix, AZ            –              Comerica Theatre (w/Mayer Hawthorne & The County)
7/7       –   Las Vegas, NV          –           The Cosmopolitan (w/Mayer Hawthorne & The County)

22nd Annual KROQ Almost Acoustic Christmas Artist Set Times

NIGHT 1

New Found Glory
5:40

Young The Giant
6:10

Chevelle
6:40

Bush
7:15

Sublime With Rome
8:00

Social Distortion
8:45

311
9:30

Blink-182
10:25

NIGHT 2

Grouplove
5:30

The Naked & Famous
5:55

Foster The People
6:20

Cage The Elephant
6:50

Noel Gallagher’s High Flying Birds
7:20

Florence & The Machine
7:50

Death Cab For Cutie
8:30

Mumford & Sons
9:10

The Black Keys
9:55

Jane’s Addiction
10:40

You can still purchase KROQ Almost Acoustic Christmas Tickets.