CA Arena Announces 2-Year Reno Plan


The National Basketball Association announced late last month that the Arena, home of the Los Angeles Lakers, would be undergoing significant changes over the next two years.

While a number for the facility renovations has not been released, Arena officials said that the improvements will be a “nine-figure investment.”

About Arena

Opened in 1999, the has long reigned with a reputation as the Sports and Entertainment Center of the World.

Originally known as Staples Center, the sports facility has been home to several professional sports franchises—including the Lakers, Los Angeles Clippers, Los Angeles Kings and the Los Angeles Sparks—the arena has also housed a long list of performances and special events. It’s name was officially changed in December 2021.

Featuring more than 840 Toshiba flat panel televisions, as part of a specially designed $1.5 million facility-wide sound system, and 675 separate speakers (outside of the seating area) the venue is packed with coverage. In addition to these media features, the venue also had a $2 million specialty lighting package installed and other state-of-the-art amenities.

In 2010, Arena unveiled a $10 million center-hung video LIVE 4HD Scoreboard. According to the venue, the scoreboard was specially designed for the arena.

Also in the venue, visitors will find five concourses, 23 refreshment stands and 55 public restrooms. Perhaps the biggest draw to the arena, however, is its seating and VIP spaces. At maximum capacity, the arena can seat approximately 20,000 people.

Renovation Plans

In a press release, Arena announced that it would be embarking on a comprehensive renovation project at the venue that would “reimagine nearly all aspects of iconic.”

Arena owners Anschutz Entertainment Group (AEG) further reported that plans were in place to make capital improvements and property-wide upgrades to the facility and L.A. LIVE’s Xbox Plaza over a two-year period. While the project will involve nearly all spaces of the venue, Arena reports that it will remain open throughout all phases of work.

“ Arena is part of the fabric of Los Angeles, and we are incredibly proud of the role it continues to play in creating some of the most memorable moments in sports and entertainment. Since its opening, we have invested hundreds of millions of dollars to ensure that the venue remains state-of-the-art, while consistently creating a world-class event and fan experience,” said Dan Beckerman, President and CEO, AEG.

“The investment in these renovations demonstrates the ongoing commitment of AEG, the Lakers and the Kings to deliver the best experiences for all of our fans, partners, artists and teams.”

Extensive renovations to Arena will include the following:

  • A reimagined City View Terrace with flexible indoor-outdoor dining and entertainment experiences where fans can eat, drink and socialize while overlooking the expansive downtown Los Angeles skyline to the north and the arena bowl to the south;
  • The development of Arena’s first-ever multi-level Tunnel Club that will feature new hospitality spaces and an exclusive Event Level viewing experience that offers select season ticket members and other VIP guests a personal backstage window to watch players and performers as they enter and exit their locker rooms;
  • An expanded and reimagined Chairman’s Club that will offer select season ticket members and VIP guests with new benefits and experiences at Arena’s most private and sought-after location before, during, and after events;
  • The creation of the arena’s first-ever Main Concourse suites that will provide guests with premium seating’s closest view of the action on the court, ice or stage;
  • The installation of two new LED screens and ribbon boards visible to the upper and lower bowl seating areas;
  • A redesigned and upgraded Impact Sports Bar & Grill on the Main Concourse that will include new food and beverage menus;
  • Improvements to the Main Concourse marked by an entirely new arrival experience, as well as upgrades to the Upper-Level Concourse including new food offerings, among other fan amenities;
  • A redesign of the dining areas in the Yaamava’ and Lexus Clubs, as well as other hospitality spaces; and
  • A refresh of the arena’s Premium and Suite Level Entrances, Concourses throughout the venue as well as the locker rooms of the Kings, Lakers and Sparks.

In addition to these renovations, the venue is also planning to expand the L.A. LIVE’s Xbox Plaza so that it connects the outdoor gathering space directly to the arena.

“The wide-ranging renovations to the arena and Xbox Plaza will provide fans with entirely new ways to experience their favorite sports and music events,” said Lee Zeidman, President of Arena, Microsoft Theater and L.A. LIVE.

“In addition to creating new and refreshed hospitality options and spaces on multiple levels throughout the arena, nearly all public and backstage areas of Arena will be included in this transformative project. When the wide-ranging renovations are completed, guests, players and fans of the Kings, Lakers and Sparks, and performers coming to Arena and L.A. LIVE will all experience new offerings.”

According to officials, the arena’s deigns and renovations will be overseen by the original architects, Dan Meis and Ron Turner, both of whom have spent the last two decades redefining multi-purpose sports and live entertainment experiences.

“It was a dream come true that we were able to convince Dan and Ron, who now work at two unaffiliated firms, to come together again to enhance their incredible original design and vision,” added Kevin Rieger, Project Manager and Sr. Vice President, Real Estate Development, AEG. “Bringing them back will help ensure that the arena’s unrivaled character and ambiance will continue and that every detail will be designed to enhance the guest experience in an authentic way.”

The project will also reunite AEG with PCL Construction as they have accepted the role as general contractor. PCL previously worked for AEG on several key venues at L.A. LIVE, among other projects.

The phased renovation project is expected to be completed in the fall of 2024, with several of the improvements being introduced to fans in time for the 2022-2023 NBA and NHL seasons. A start date has not been released at this time.

Other California Arenas

Last week, it was announced that the NBA’s $2 billion Intuit Dome arena for the Los Angeles Clippers was making headway in Inglewood, California. According to reports, the arena’s concrete frame was recently topped out by the AECOM-Hunt Turner joint venture. The milestone comes six months after the facility’s first foundation was poured.

According to Turner, more than 200,000 hours of work performed by 350 workers went into completing the concrete frame. During construction, crews placed 65,000 cubic yards of concrete and 6,600 concrete mix trucks deliveries were completed. The largest foundation pour was 2,572 cubic yards and the largest deck pour was 980 cubic yards.

To date, the amount of concrete placed could fill 7,000,000 NBA basketballs, 19 Olympic-sized swimming pools, or build a 340-mile-long sidewalk from Inglewood to San Jose, California.

Upon completing the concrete foundation, crews began installing the steel frames of the structure, which have already begun to reveal the oval shape of the arena.

Inspired by a basketball net, the new arena will feature a three-dimensional oval shape covered in a mixture of diamond-shaped solar panel tiles and a metal cladding system. The system was chosen to contribute to the arena’s LEED Gold certification and status as a net-zero emitter of greenhouse gases. Plans to achieve this status also include a combination of carbon offset credits and sustainable design features.

According to reports, the arena will house up to 18,000 seats and include what are being called “sky gardens,” which are indoor/outdoor food and drink areas, available from every concourse.

The Intuit Dome is expected to reach completion in advance of the 2024-25 NBA season.

In 2020, the National Football League’s Los Angeles Rams and Los Angeles Chargers opened the doors of its new home, SoFi Stadium in Inglewood, California. The $5 billion stadium is reportedly the most expensive of its kind in the world.

The 3.1 million-square-foot stadium is part of the Los Angeles Stadium and Entertainment District at Hollywood Park, which was once the Hollywood Park Racetrack situated on 298 acres of land, four miles from the Los Angeles International Airport.

Inside the structure, the stadium boasts a unique video board—dubbed the Oculus—which is 70,000 square feet and 120 yards long and hangs from the roof and weighs more than 2 million pounds.

The roof itself is transparent and made of 16 massive panels, which do have the ability to open.

The floor of the stadium was also built 100 feet below the surface—twice as deep as any other stadium in the world—as a precaution mandated by FAA regulations, as the stadium sits directly underneath a major flight path from Los Angeles International Airport.


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