Staples Center (Los Angeles Kings Stadium)

The Staples Center, located in downtown Los Angeles, California, opened on October 17th, 1999 and is the home ice of the L.A. Kings. The arena took approximately two and a half years to construct at the cost of $375 million.  The Staples Center has been home to many other sports franchises in addition to the L.A. Kings over the years and is currently shared with the L.A. Lakers, L.A. Clippers, and the L.A. Sparks.  

Dozens of the most famous faces in sports have played in Los Angeles and are honored outside the arena at the Star Plaza, including the legendary Wayne Gretsky, who played for the Kings from 1988 to 1996. The Kings did not bring home a Stanley Cup during Gretsky’s tenure but have since won two, in the 2011-12 and 2013-14 seasons.  The Kings were part of the NHL’s 1967 expansion, which added six new franchises to the league, including two in California.  


How many seats are in Staples Center

The Staples Center holds 18,340 Kings’ fans for hockey games.  This number climbs a bit for basketball games, concerts, and other sporting events.  Two-thirds of the arena’s seating, including 2,500 club seats, are in the lower bowl. There are also 160 luxury suites, including 15 event suites, on three levels between the lower and upper bowls. 


Be sure to check out the food at the Staples Center.

Directions – How to get to Staples Center

The Staples Center is located in downtown Los Angeles and is easy to get to; fans who work or are visiting the city can walk right to the arena.  The arena is located at 1111 South Figueroa Street and is accessible from several highways for fans who are driving to events.  There are also several public transportation options.  When using Metro Rail, fans can take one of several lines and get off at Pico Station, a short walk to the arena.  For bus service, the 30, 81, 439, 442, 460 and Silver Lines have stops near the arena, too. 

Where to Park near Staples Center?

If you are driving to a Los Angeles Kings game, it’s easy to find parking near the arena.  There are 3,300 parking spaces at STAPLES Center-owned parking lots.  Additionally, there are many privately owned lots just a few minute’s walk from the arena.  As with many venues, a little bit of walking will most likely save you a few bucks at the lot you choose. There is also motorcycle parking, electric car charging stations, and bicycle parking available.  You can also get pre-paid parking at Staples Center lots at the box office or online when you purchase tickets to an event.  

Other Staples Center FAQs

What is the LA Lakers Arena name?

The L.A. Lakers share the Staples Center with the L.A. Kings as well as the L.A. Clippers and the L.A. Sparks. 

Does Staples own the Staples Center?

Staples currently owns the naming rights to the arena and the property is owned and operated by the Arturo L.A. Arena Company and Anschutz Entertainment Group. 

What is the Staples Center Health & Safety Information? (related to COVID)

Per the Staples Center website: By entering the Staples Center, you agree to follow the current California Department of Public Health Guidelines for Indoor Mega Events. All guests age 2 and over are required to present either proof of full vaccination (two weeks since your final dose) or a negative COVID-19 test within 72 hours of the event date. A photo ID matching the vaccination or negative test record is required for all ticketed guests.  As with all venues across the country, people planning to visit the arena should check back on the Staples Center website or government information pages for any updates to policies regarding COVID. 

How much is a Los Angeles Kings hockey ticket?

To see the Los Angeles Kings game in mid-October, you can pay as low as $32 for seats in the 300 section.  If you’d like to sit closer to the ice, tickets in the 100 sections range from $185 to $245.  

What hockey teams play at the Staples Center?

The Los Angeles Kings play at the Staples Center and share the venue with the NBA’s Lakers and Clippers as well as the WNBA’s Sparks. 

Who owns the Staples Center?

The arena opened on October 17, 1999 and is owned and operated by the Arturo L.A. Arena Company and Anschutz Entertainment Group. 

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