The Staples Center opened its doors in 1999 and has been the home of the Los Angeles Lakers, Los Angeles Clippers and Los Angeles Kings. It is the only arena in the NBA that hosts two teams. Outside of NBA and NHL games, the Staples Center has hosted a plethora of other events including WNBA games, award shows, concerts, boxing matches, figure skating competitions, NCAA tournament games and All Star Games.
The Staples Center has become a well-known arena because of the success of the Los Angeles Lakers. Since the arena opened, the Lakers have hosted seven NBA Finals series in the Staples Center. Because of their success, Lakers tickets are some of the most coveted tickets in the NBA. The Lakers have missed the playoffs just five times in their existence (founded in 1948) so fans have consistently been spoiled with great basketball. The Lakers have had two losing seasons in the Staples Center, one of which was last year due to Kobe Bryant's absence because of injury.
The Los Angeles Clippers haven't been able to match the Lakers' success in both the regular season nor the postseason. But besides the Boston Celtics, there aren't any other franchises that can claim that. Despite that, the Clippers have had some recent success. The Clippers have finished first in their division the past two seasons and they finished second in their division in 2011-12. Their recent turnaround can be attributed to the drafting of Blake Griffin in the 2010 NBA Draft. Additionally, they added perennial All Star Chris Paul in 2011. The addition of Paul was controversial as the New Orleans Hornets had a trade in place with the Los Angeles Lakers but David Stern vetoed the deal. Instead, the Clippers acquired Paul in a blockbuster deal.
The Los Angeles Kings are the other men's professional team that the Staples Center hosts. Like the Lakers and Clippers, the Kings have had recent success. In two of the last three seasons, the Kings have made the Stanley Cup Finals and they won the championship in 2012.
The three teams have commanded more on the secondary ticket market so far in the 2014-15 season. This is attributed to Kobe Bryant's return for the Lakers, high expectation for the Clippers and coming off a Stanley Cup Finals appearance for the Kings last season.
This season, the Clippers are a hot ticket as tickets are averaging $168 on the secondary ticket market. This is a $38.84 increase from last year's ticket average, a 30 percent increase. Over the past five seasons, ticket prices have increased year by year. Before this last year, the biggest increase in ticket prices for the Clippers was from 2010-11 ($97.27) to 2011-12 ($122.51), a 25 percent increase. From 2011-12 ($122.51) to 2012-13 ($125.72) to 2013-14 ($129.16), the increase in average price on the secondary ticket market was negligible.
Despite how hot a ticket the Clippers are in Los Angeles, nothing compares to the Lakers. Following their NBA Championship in 2010, ticket prices soared to $252.19 on average in the 2010-11 season on the secondary ticket market. Ticket prices dropped 11.8 percent in the 2011-12 season as they fell to $225.46 on the secondary ticket market. Prices fell again in the 2012-13 season, but only by $4.62. Following Kobe Bryant's injury early in the 2013-14 season, prices plummeted on the secondary ticket market, falling to $161.49 on average, a 36.7 percent decrease. With the return of Kobe in 2014, fans are flocking back to the Staples Center to see one of the greatest basketball players of all time. This year, tickets are averaging $229 on the secondary ticket market, which is a 41.8 percent increase from 2013-14.
Considering the recent success of the Kings, they're one of the best ticket deals in Los Angeles. After breaking their six-year playoff drought in 2010, ticket prices were averaging $66.91 on the secondary ticket market in 2010-11. In their championship season, tickets rose to $68.20 on average. It was no surprise that ticket prices soared following the Stanley Cup victory, rising to $100.90 on average on the secondary ticket market, which is a 47.9 percent increase. Ticket prices had a slight decline in the 2013-14 season, dropping down to $96.72 per game. This season, ticket prices are an all-time high after the Kings fell in the Stanley Cup finals last year. Fans can expect to pay, on average, $132 per game.
The Staples Center is part of a 4,000,000-square-foot development called L.A. Live. L.A. Live has entertainment, retail and residential offerings for visitors. If the NFL ever expands to Los Angeles, it is expected the stadium will be within this area. L.A. Live offers Lakers, Clippers and Kings fans a multitude of activities to do before, during and after games. including restaurants and shopping. Some of the favorite eateries includes WP24, one of Wolfgang Puck’s restaurants and frequently visited by Lakers superfan Jack Nicholson.
Speaking of restaurants, the Staples Center offers many concession options for patrons. Grab a Frito Pie Dog from Extreme Loaded Dogs in Section 118 in the main concourse. Looking for sushi? Check out the Shock top Lounge in Section 113 & 118 in the main concourse. California Pizza Kitchen has a location in Section 109 of the main concourse. It's not cheap to attend a Lakers game and concession prices are no exception. While concession prices vary from Lakers, Clippers and Kings games, the NBA concessions are some of the more expensive in the league for beer and hot dogs while soda is below league average. Staples Center also has plenty of accommodations for for guests with disabilities and special needs. Accessible seating is available on every level of the arena. Staples Center highly recommends pre-purchasing parking along with a ticket purchase. All accommodations can be made through the Staples Center Box Office, by contacted Guest Services or through StaplesCenter.com.
As mentioned earlier, the Staples Center offers more than just NBA and NHL games. The Staples Center's inaugural event was a Bruce Springsteen and the E Street Band concert. In total, the Staples Center has hosted seven NBA Finals series, three WNBA Finals and two Stanley Cup Finals. In addition, it has hosted NHL and NBA All-Star games, the Pac-10 Conference men's basketball tournament, figure skating championships, X Games competitions, UFC & boxing matches and the Grammy Awards. Overall, the Staples Center hosts over 250 events a year and serves over 4 million guests.