Staples Center – Top Rated Sports and Concert Venue A cornerstone of L.A. Live, the Staples Center has been the home of the L.A. Lakers, the L.A. Clippers, and the L.A. Kings since it’s opening October 12, 1999. Other current tenants of Staples Center include the Sparks (WNBA), and the D-Fenders NBA Developmental franchise. Staples Center is host to over 400 events and almost four million visitors each year, In addition to being home to no less than four professional sports franchises - more than any arena in the country - Staples Center also hosts numerous sports championship events, including the Women’s Tennis Association Tour Championships, the Pac-10 basketball finals, the 2002 United States Figure Skating Championships, the Summer X-games and numerous World Wrestling Entertainment events and HBO Boxing Championship events. The Staples Center is not only top sports venue, but also hosts numerous concerts; Bruce Springsteen and the E Street Band inaugurated the venue in 1999 and was named New Major Concert Venue in 2000 and won Arena of the Year awards in 2001 and 2002. Nine Grammy Awards shows have been presented at the Staples Center in the last ten years. In 2000 the Democratic National Convention was held there, and more recently, the Center was the site of the public memorial for Michael Jackson. The center holds over 18,000 spectators for sporting events and over 20,000 seats are available for concerts and other events. The Staples Center has just undergone a $20 million renovation in honor of its tenth anniversary. In addition to the normal concession fare of pizza, hot dogs, nachos and beer, guests at the Staples Center can also choose from three restaurant options while enjoying the event. The San Manuel Club offers 450 seats and sumptuous buffet dining on Suite Level A; the Lexus Club (for members only) is next door. The City View Grill is open to all ticket holders; after ordering a great sandwich at the Grill, enjoy it on the terrace with a great view of L.A. BarrysTickets.com is the top ticket seller for Lakers tickets. Single game or season tickets, or any other event at Staples Center, BarrysTickets.com is a ticket broker for all sports and entertainment events. You can find the best seats and familiarize yourself with the great amenities of the Staples Center by using the convenient map on the site. Staples Center consistently gets high ratings from customers for its user-friendly layout, cleanliness, helpful staff and great atmosphere, regardless of the type of event. Access to the center is also easy, with lots of street and garage parking available, as well as tram service if you want to avoid the parking hassle.