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Do you know where do the Los Angeles Lakers play home games?

Where do the Lakers play?

Where do the Lakers Play Staples Center

Staples Center

The Los Angeles Lakers play at the Staples Center. Following the 1998-1999 season, the Lakers moved from the Great Western Forum to the Los Angeles Staples Center located at 1111 South Figueroa Street Los Angeles, California, 90015 and have a capacity for 18,320 for a Lakers home game. The Staples Center complex is 950,000 square feet and was opened on October 17th, 1999 by the AEG. Although the Staples Center is the home of Lakers it also is the home of the Los Angeles Kings, Los Angeles Clippers, LA Sparks and has numerous other concerts and sporting events throughout the year.

For the move to the Staples Center, the Lakers wanted a new coach, and they got their man in Phil Jackson. It was Jackson who was finally able to deliver a championship for Shaq and Kobe, making them work together.

Even though the Lakers have won the same amount of titles in the Staples Center as in the Forum, one can make an argument for the Staples being the more successful home arena. During the years of the Staples, the Lakers won the title in the first year at the Staples Center.The Lakers managed to win three titles in a row, something that they haven’t done in the Forum.

Where did Lakers use to play?

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Minneapolis Armory

Many people forget that the Los Angeles Lakers actually started their storied franchise history in Minneapolis. Ben Berger and Morris Chalfen were the original owners of the Lakers, buying the team in 1947. They disbanded the Detroit Gems and then started the Lakers franchise with an investment of just $15,000. Back then, the league was called National Basketball League or NBL. The name Lakers come from the nickname of the city of Minnesota, “the land of 10,000 Lakes”. Led by center George Mikan, who became the NBA’s first superstar, the Lakers won the title in the first two years in the league. It is worth noting that the first title came in the Basketball Association of America (BAA). Lakers are one of the six teams remaining from the original BAA league that merged with the NBL to form the NBA.

Lakers vs Nationals Minneapolis Armory

Finals Minneapolis Lakers vs. Syracuse Nationals Minneapolis Armory

The Lakers played in Minneapolis, using the Minneapolis Auditorium as a home arena from 1948 to 1959. In the last year in Minnesota, the team went 25-50. They landed the No.2 pick in the 1960 draft, selected Jerry West and moved to Los Angeles, becoming the first Western team to move to a different city. The Lakers won five titles while playing in Minneapolis.

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LA Sports Arena

In 1960, the Lakers moved from Minneapolis to Los Angeles, and begin to play their home games at the Los Angeles Memorial Sports Arena located on 3939 South Figueroa Street Los Angeles California. The Lakers played there for seven seasons from 1961 to 1967. During their years at the Los Angeles Sports Arena, the Lakers were coached by Fred Schaus who ended his tenor coaching 560 regular season games with the Lakers and had a 315-245 record. Fred was 33-38 during the playoffs with the Lakers. The Los Angeles Memorial Sports Arena held 16,161 fans during a Lakers home game.

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Led by Magic Johnson’s passing and Kareem Abdul Jabbar’s scoring, the team relied on fast breaks and won five NBA championships.

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GW Forum

The Lakers moved from the Los Angeles Memorial Sports Arena to The Forum in Inglewood as a home arena in 1968. The Forum is located just 10 miles from the current Staples Center. The Great Western Forum is still one of the two best indoor sporting venues, along with the Madison Square Garden. The Lakers shared the Forum with the NHL team, Los Angeles Kings. From 1997 to 2001, the WNBA team Los Angeles Sparks also used the Forum as a home arena. The Forum held 17,500 during a basketball game.

Lakers vs Celtics Rivalry

The history of the Lakers vs Celtics Rivalry

The Forum was home to many of the Lakers best-known superstars, and it was the arena that started the Lakers – Celtics rivalry. During the early years of the Forum, the Lakers battled the Celtics in the 60s, but couldn’t prevail Bill Russell.

The Lakers won their first title at the Forum in the 1971-1972 season. The Lakers dominated the 70s and the 80s, led by superstars like Magic Johnson, Karim Abdul-Jabbar, Wilt Chamberlain, Elgin Baylor, Gail Goodrich, and much more. During those 20 years, the Lakers missed the playoffs just two times, won the title 5 times, and made the Finals four more times.

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Kobe Bryant’s 36 points and Shaquille O’Neal’s 35 points highlights

Kobe-Shaq Lakers title

Kobe & Shaq 2000

It was during the years of the Great Western Forum when the Lakers made the historic run, 33 consecutive games won. The Lakers left the Forum following the 1998-1999 season. The team did return to the Forum for an exhibition game with the Golden State Warriors in 2009. They won the title in the first season at The Forum, led by Shaquille O’Neal and Kobe Bryant. The best the Lakers won back-to-back titles at the Great Forum in 87 and 88.

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About Barry’s Tickets
Barry’s Tickets is located caddy corner from the Staples Center itself. Located inside the Luxe Hotel it’s a fast, easy and convenient way to pick up or purchase your regular season and Lakers tickets even after the tip-off. You can also pick up all Los Angeles basketball tickets, as well as your Sports, Concert and Theater tickets from our office free of any delivery charge. You can also use our Lakers seating chart to help you decide on tickets by viewing the court from all sections at the Staples Center.

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