This is going to be a little different, in that…well…this a primarily a food blog, and the Staples Center is a…well…you know…a Sports Arena.
Our mission at Is It Any Good has always been to provide advise and counsel so that your first visit anyplace isn’t you going in blind. What better place do you need that kind of advice, other than Staples Center?
Built in 2000 to replace the Inglewood Forum, Staples is the primarily home of the Los Angeles Lakers, the Los Angeles Clippers, and the Los Angeles Kings. It’s also a Concert Venue, as the former site of the Democratic National Convention. Hugged up right next to the Nokia Theater, and L.A. Live, it is one of Downtown L.A.’s central attractions, though I wish that wasn’t the case for L.A. Live.
It is a very modern, and pretty well designed facility, taking in all of the latest, state-of-the-art design ideas for the Modern Sports Arena. They apparently modeled the interior on what they do over at the Sydney Opera House. (I only bring it up since I know how much a local Angeleno hangs out there).
Now, you hear a lot of about that when you hear people talk about Stadiums, and that usually breaks down to one of three things. The quality of the amenities inside the facility, the amount of Restaurants, Bars and Shops and whatnot. The quality and availably of the Bathrooms in said facility. And finally, the ability of said facility to move people in and out of there with relative ease.
Like with everything else in the Sports world, it’s pretty damn easy to move you into the Staples Center, particularly if you’re a Season Ticket or Club Member. Hell, they love you then. But if you’re Mr. or Mrs. Laker Fan, in to see one game, it’s not too much worse. No, they still love you, but it’s…limited. While they’d rather be taking you hand in hand up the gilded escalator to shake money out of your pockets like any decent venue would, when you’re a regular joe-schmoe customer. Staples seems content to bleed you out a little at a time.
You want an example? Take the San Manuel Club. Now they have a spectacular and I mean spectacular buffet available up on the Suite Level A. Unfortunately, it’s for Private Suite Holders and Premier Seat holders only, so normal, everyday ticket holders can’t get in. That seems to be the L.A. way, set up a velvet rope line somewhere, and let some people in, and keep a lot of people out.
It’s too bad, you should try it though.
Staples Center is a pretty good venue to watch a game at, or attend a concert. Thanks to L.A. Live, there is something resembling someplace to hangout at before or afterward. Parking is going to cost you an arm and a leg, but…like I said, that’s the point of the Staples Center.
Separating you from your money since 2000, but giving you a decent experience along the way.
IMPORTANT SAFETY TIP, PEOPLE: Hard to say anything in particular, since this whole article could be considered a safety tip. But the one thing I will stress (since it can’t be stressed enough), is bring some cash. This is not a cheap experience. You’re going to want food. You’re going to want something to drink, and if you’ve got kids…Lord help you then.
PARKING: Consult our the L.A. Live Parking Guide. There are a lot of options, which is the one positive I can give the Staples Center. They will get you out of there fast…at least compared to most arenas. Just be prepared to plunk down somewhere in the area of $15-20 bucks for the privilege. You may find cheaper, but that will involve a walk through a part of Downtown you may not want to take at night.
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