Los Angeles Memorial Sports Arena


Los Angeles Memorial Sports Arena

Infobox Stadium
stadium_name=Los Angeles Memorial Sports Arena


location=3939 S. Figueroa Street
Los Angeles, California 90037
broke_ground=April 7, 1958
opened=July 4, 1959
owner=Los Angeles Coliseum Commission
(City of Los Angeles)
operator=Los Angeles Coliseum Commission
construction_cost=$8.5 million USD
architect=Welton Becket
(City of Los Angeles)
tenants=Los Angeles Lakers (NBA) (1960–1967)
Los Angeles Clippers (NBA) (1984–1999)
Los Angeles Kings (NHL) (1967)
UCLA Bruins basketball (1960-1965)
USC Trojans basketball (NCAA) (1959–2006)
Los Angeles Stars (ABA) (1968–1970)
Olympic Boxing events 1984 Summer Olympics (July-August 1984)
Los Angeles Cobras (AFL) (1988)
seating_capacity=Basketball: 16,161
Hockey: 14,546
Boxing/Wrestling: 16,740

The Los Angeles Memorial Sports Arena is a multipurpose sports arena in the University Park neighborhood of Los Angeles, California at Exposition Park. It is located next to the Los Angeles Memorial Coliseum just south of the campus of the University of Southern California.

History

The Los Angeles Memorial Sports Arena was opened on July 4, 1959 by then U.S. Vice President Richard M. Nixon. Its first event followed four days later, a Bantamweight title fight between Jose Becerra and Alphonse Halimi on July 8, 1959. The Los Angeles Memorial Sports Arena became a sister facility to the adjacent Los Angeles Memorial Coliseum and home court to the Los Angeles Lakers of the NBA from 1960–1967, the Los Angeles Clippers also of the NBA from 1984–1999, the Los Angeles Kings of the NHL for their inaugural 1967 season, the USC Trojans basketball team of the NCAA from 1959–2006, the UCLA Bruins Basketball team of the NCAA from 1959-1964, the Los Angeles Cobras of the AFL in 1988, and the original Los Angeles Stars of the ABA from 1968–1970.

Since the Clippers and Trojans have left, the Arena has become less recognized in the area and throughout the world. Despite this, the arena still holds high school basketball championships and the occasional concert and convention, though most of these events are of a lesser scale, considering the popularity of other venues in the area, including the Staples Center and Galen Center.

Since its opening day, the arena has hosted the 1960 Democratic National Convention, the 1968 and 1972 NCAA Men's Basketball Final Four, the 1992 NCAA Women's Basketball Final Four, the 1963 NBA All-Star Game, and the boxing competitions during the 1984 Summer Olympics. In addition to hosting the final portion of WrestleMania 2 in 1986, the Los Angeles Memorial Sports Arena has also hosted WrestleMania VII in 1991 as well as other WWE events. NBC's American Gladiators films from the arena.

The arena

The arena has recently undergone a major renovation to bring it up to 21st century seismic standards and is well maintained. There are 4 fully-equipped team rooms, 2 smaller rooms for officials, and 2 private dressing rooms for individual performers. There are two additional meeting rooms on site which can be used for administrative or hospitality functions.

Spectator amenities include a full-service main ticket office, a secondary box office and 2 portable booths, 6 permanent concession stands and a first aid station. A club and restaurant are located on the arena level of the facility. A number of operational improvements have also been made to enhance accessibility for the handicapped. These include the installation of 14 additional handicapped parking stalls, hand rails on both sides of the pedestrian ramp leading to the floor level seating, handicapped accessible drinking fountains, an Assistive Listening System to aid the hearing impaired, conversion of restroom facilities, dressing rooms and bathroom fixtures for the handicapped and increased informational signage. Event presentation is augmented by a four-sided overhead scoreboard with several auxiliary boards.

The Los Angeles Memorial Sports Arena seats up to 16,740 for boxing/wrestling, 16,161 for basketball, and 14,546 for hockey. There are 12,389 fixed upper-level, theatre-type seats and arena-level seating which varies by sport.

Recent developments

The Los Angeles Memorial Coliseum Commission embarked on a seismic retrofit, designed to bring the Sports Arena up to 21st century seismic standards. In order to reinforce the existing convert|316700|sqft|m2|sing=on structure, a series of steel braced frames were connected to the existing concrete structural system at both the arena and loge levels of the building. To provide a solid footing for these steel frames, portions of the arena floor had to be excavated, then reinforced to provide extra strength. Once the steel frames were fitted and incorporated into the existing structure between existing support columns, concrete was then re-poured into the area. The original crown of the arena, one of its most distinguishing characteristics, was comprised of countless small ceramic tiles, each measuring no more than a square inch in width. A multitude of the crown's tiles were loosening and many others were discolored. In order to remedy this, a new crown was designed, this time using individual sections of EFIS (Exterior Insulation Finishing System), which offered the decided advantages of better durability, easier maintenance and improved thermal characteristics. A foundation surface was applied directly over the existing tiles, in order to seal the crown and give the new surface something to adhere to. Once the structural work was finished, the walls, ceilings, doors, floors and other areas involved in the modification had to be put back together. Throughout the entire project, the Los Angeles Memorial Sports Arena remained open for business. The resulting arena now features a brand new crown around the exterior of the building, as well as a new terrazo floor on the concourse level.

Notes

*Every October, the LA Sports Arena is the site for Monster massive, a Halloween inspired rave, which is said to have held over 50,000 people.
*Located in Hollywood's "backyard", the Coliseum and Sports Arena are frequently used as locations for commercials for numerous national and international companies, television series and major motion pictures including the 2001 film "Ali" and multiple editions of the "Rocky" series.
*The floor area comprises a 144 by convert|262|ft|m|sing=on space (38,000 sq ft.), affording the largest standing floor capacity of any arena in the area.
*There is a convert|75|ft|m|sing=on vertical clearance.
*The arena has a unique, expansive floor-level footprint of nearly convert|130000|sqft|m2 and convert|101557|sqft|m2 on the concourse level, allowing the installation of any needed display, food or other programming requirements.
*There is an enormous load-in ramp at the west side of the arena with a convert|40|ft|m|sing=on wide entry.
*Print, radio and television media may be serviced on each side of the arena by installation of any kind of portable facilities.
*Five permanent TV locations are located on the concourse level. In addition, a six-foot wide catwalk is suspended from the ceiling and circles the arena for cameras or spotlights.
*Spectators can reach arena level seating area either by circulatory ramp on the southwest side of the building or by a stairway located next to the north doors. There are also escalators located at the southwest and northeast sides of the building.

ee also

* Los Angeles Memorial Coliseum

External links

* [http://www.lacoliseum.com/ Los Angeles Memorial Sports Arena official website]
* [http://www.lasports.org/lafacilities/display.php?s=Arena&id=26 Los Angeles Sports Council] succession box
title = Home of the
USC Trojans
years = 1959–2006
before = Pan-Pacific Auditorium
after = Galen Center
succession box
title = Home of the
Los Angeles Stars
years = 1968–1970
before = Anaheim Convention Center
after = Salt Palace
succession box
title = Home of the
Los Angeles Lakers
years = 1960–1967
before = Minneapolis Armory
after = The Forum
succession box
title = Home of the
Los Angeles Clippers
years = 1984–1999
before = San Diego Sports Arena
after = Staples Center
succession box
title = Home of the
Los Angeles Kings
years = 1967–1967
before = Long Beach Arena
after = The Forum
succession box
title = Host of the Democratic National Convention
years = 1960
before = International Amphitheatre
after = Atlantic City Convention Hall
succession box
title = Host of the
NBA All-Star Game
years = 1963
before = Kiel Auditorium
after = Boston Garden
succession box
title = NCAA Men's Division I
Basketball Tournament
Finals Venue
years = 1968
1972
before =
Freedom Hall
Astrodome
after =
Freedom Hall
St. Louis Arena
succession box
title = Host of WrestleMania 2
w/ Nassau Coliseum & Rosemont Horizon
years = 1986
before = Madison Square Garden
after = Pontiac Silverdome
succession box
title = Host of WrestleMania VII
years = 1991
before = SkyDome
after = Hoosier Dome


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