A Slam

Staples Center is one of the most recognized sports arenas in the world. The arena is home to four professional sports franchises—the NBA’s Lakers and Clippers, the NHL’s Kings and the WNBA’s Sparks—as well as to numerous concerts and award ceremonies throughout the year.

The 18,000 seat arena is a case study for iconic civic architecture that is well utilized and a catalyst for surrounding development. Staples Center hosts 250 major events throughout the year that draw 4 million people through its doors. Its design and use continue to energize the South Park District of Los Angeles, sparking the development of new entertainment venues, restaurants, shops and hotels.

In the past decade, Staples Center has racked up a host of accolades, including being listed by Pollstar Magazine as the top concert venue in the United States and by ESPN as one of the world's most important sports venues. The arena has hosted the annual Grammy Awards, the X Games Competitions, the Democratic National Convention and the World Figure Skating Championships.

“ I refer to Staples Center as the B.C. and A.D. of downtown revitalization. It brought thousands of people to downtown, many of whom hadn't come here in years. ”

Carol E. Schatz President and CEO of the Central City Association of Los Angeles

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Awards and Publications


The Chicago Athenaeum, American Architecture Awards
Los Angeles Business Council, Urban Beautification Award
Pollstar Magazine, Arena of the Year
Los Angeles Cultural Affairs Commission, Architectural Design Excellence
AIA Los Angeles, Building Team of the Year Award
Engineering-News Record, Best Projects List


The New York Times, "For Staples Center, 72 hours of Overtime,” May 2012
The Bleacher Report, “Power Ranking Every NBA Arena,” January 2012
The Los Angeles Times, "Staples Center is 2011's top U.S. concert venue,” January 2012