The Arena is a multi-purpose indoor arena located in Downtown Los Angeles, California, USA. The arena originally opened on October 17, 1999; with an approximate capacity of 19,079. It was previously known as the Staples Center until December 2021 when acquired the naming rights. The Arena is the home stadium of the Los Angeles Clippers (NBA) and the Los Angeles Lakers (NBA) as well as the Los Angeles Kings (NHL).

The Arena is owned and operated by the Arturo L.A. Arena Company and Anschutz Entertainment Group.

The arena has 950,000 square feet of total space, with a 94-foot by 200-foot arena floor. The seating capacity varies depending on the event, for basketball games, the arena capacity is 18,997, whereas for ice hockey games, the capacity is 18,230. For concerts, the maximum capacity is 20,000. The arena also boosts a facility-wide sound system including over 840 television screens and 675 speakers outside of the seating areas, so fans never miss any of the sights or sounds of an event.

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LAX Los Angeles Airport

How to Get to Los Angeles

The nearest airport is Los Angeles International Airport (LAX), which is approximately 17 miles from the arena. Los Angeles International Airport was constructed in 1928 and is now the fourth busiest airport in the world with more than 50 million people travelling through it every year.

You will find direct flights from the UK from Air New Zealand, American Airlines, British Airways, Virgin Atlantic and United Airlines.

If you’re already in the US and looking to travel to/from Los Angeles, then you have the choice of most US domestic airlines including Air Canada, Alaska Airlines, American Airlines, American Eagle, Frontier Airlines, Jet Blue, Southwest Airlines, Spirit Airlines, United Airways and WestJet.

Public Transport

There are many ways to travel to Arena events, including Metro rail and buses, which frequently stop near the Arena. If you’re coming to Arena by Metro Rail, connect with the Metro A Line (Blue) or E Line (Expo) and exit at Pico Station. Arena is just a block away. A Metro 1-Way Ride is $1.75 and includes 2 hours of unlimited transfers to Metro rail and bus when loaded on a TAP card. A TAP card costs $2 and can be purchased at TAP Vending Machines at all Metro Rail, J Line (Silver) and G Line (Orange) stations.

Los Angeles Transit Map
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Staying in Los Angeles

Due to its popularity, there are many hotels near arena.

Some of the top-rated hotels are The Ritz-Carlton Los Angeles, The Los Angeles Athletic Club, JW Marriott Los Angeles, L.A. LIVE, Hotel Indigo Los Angeles Downtown, Sheraton Grand Los Angeles, Ace Hotel Downtown Los Angeles, Courtyard by Marriott Los Angeles L.A. LIVE, and Hotel Figueroa. Any of these options, as well as Airbnb and Sonder, can be booked directly or via one of the hotel reservation booking sites.

I would always recommend checking if any conventions are scheduled to coincide with your visit, as the hotels tend to sell out early and the prices all rise accordingly.

Los Angeles Kings Tickets

The Los Angeles Kings sell their tickets via AXS.

The official ticket partner for the NHL is Ticketmaster.

Here are links to the main ticket resale sites. Click on the link, which will open up a new window, and you can compare the prices on the different ticket resell sites, bearing in mind that the prices shown are before the selling platform fees are added, so take time to have a read of my tips to Buying Tickets in North America.

I recommend downloading the team’s Mobile App to your phone as it contains much Gameday information for the stadium.

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