Oct. 20, 1999 - present
The Kings made the playoffs in each of their first three seasons at the Arena (2000-02), posting a 6-6 post-season mark at STAPLES Center.
The back-to-back recipients of the prestigious Pollstar-CIC Arena of the Year award, STAPLES Center played host to the 52nd NHL All Star Game on Feb. 2, 2002, as the World defeated North America, 8-5. In addition, the Lakers capped-off each of their first three seasons at STAPLES Center by winning NBA Championships (the 12th, 13th and 14th in franchise history) while the Sparks captured back-to-back WNBA Championships in their first two STAPLES Center campaigns.
The Kings, Clippers and Avengers have all set franchise records for attendance and sellouts since moving into their ‘new home.’ STAPLES Center continues to distinguish itself as the host of major, high-profile events of national and international distinction including the 2004 NBA All-Star Game, 2002 U.S. Figure Skating Championships, the 2000 Democratic National Convention, seven Grammy Award shows, five X Games competitions, three WTA Tour Championships and six Pac 10 Basketball Championship tournaments.
Dec. 30, 1967 - Sept. 20, 1999
The Kings called the Forum home from Dec. 30, 1967 to Sept. 20, 1999, before moving in to STAPLES Center. The Kings held their first game at the arena on Dec. 30, 1967, a 2-0 loss to the Philadelphia Flyers. The Kings last regular season game at the Forum was April 18, 1999, a 3-2 win over St. Louis. Los Angeles, however, would close out their 32-year stay at Forum on Sept. 20, 1999, with an 8-1 preseason game against the then-Mighty Ducks of Anaheim.
The Fabulous Forum, as it came to be known, was constructed by Jack Kent Cooke, owner of the Lakers and founding owner of the Kings, in 1967. The circular, $16 million structure seats 16,005 for hockey. In 1979, Cooke sold The Forum to Jerry Buss along with the Lakers and the Kings for a then-record $67.5 million. In 1988, Buss sold the arena's naming rights to Great Western bank and the arena became known as the Great Western Forum.
All totaled, the Kings played in 1204 regular season games at the Forum, posting an all-time mark of 572-454-178 for 1,322 points, with their best home record coming in 1990-91, posting a 26-9-5 mark.The Kings also played host to 69 Stanley Cup playoff games, posting a 32-37 mark in the post season; hosted two Stanley Cup Finals games, a 4-3 OT loss to the Montreal Canadiens on June 5, 1993 and a 3-2 OT loss to the Canadiens on June 7 as well as the 33rd NHL All-Star Game on Feb. 10, 1981, a 4-1 win for the Campbell Conference in which the entire Triple Crown line of Charlie Simmer, Marcel Dionne and Dave Taylor were in the starting lineup.
The Forum was also home to the Los Angeles Lakers (1967-1999), Los Angeles Sparks of the WNBA (1997-2000), Los Angeles Lazers of MISL (1982-1989), Los Angeles United of the CISL, (1993), Los Angeles Stars of the ABA (2000-2001) and the 1984 Summer Olympics.
Oct. 31 - Dec. 21, 1967
After starting the 1967-68 season 2-0-0 at the Long Beach Arena, the Kings embarked on a six-game road trip (2-2-2) and when they returned home, they played their home games at the Los Angeles Memorial Sports Arena, where the team would call home for 14 games while the finishing touches were done on the Forum..
The Kings first game at the Los Angeles Memorial Sports Arena, which seats 14,546 for hockey, took place on Oct. 31, 1967, a 6-1 loss to New York. In the Kings 14 games there, Los Angeles posted an 8-6-0 mark – including a four-game home winning streak from Nov. 19-Dec. 6. The Kings would play their final game on Dec. 21, a 4-1 win over the Pittsburgh Penguins.
The arena, which opened its doors on July 4, 1959, at one point was home to the Los Angeles Lakers (1960–67), the Los Angeles Clippers (1984–99) , USC Trojans basketball (1959–2006), the Los Angeles Stars of the ABA (1968–1970) and the Los Angeles Cobras of the AFL (1988).
Oct. 14 - 15, 1967
While the Kings awaited construction to be completed on their future home, The Forum, the Kings played two games during their inaugural 1967-68 season at the Long Beach Arena. The two contests included the first game in Kings history on Oct. 14, 1967, a 4-2 win over the fellow expansion Philadelphia Flyers in front of 7,023. The next night, the Kings hosted the Minnesota North Stars and won, 5-3, in front of 4,289. Those two games would be the only games the Kings ever played at the Long Beach Arena, posting an all-time mark of 2-0-0.
Built in 1962, the Arena seats 11,200 for hockey and along the exterior wall of the drum-shaped Arena is "Planet Ocean", one of environmental artist Wyland's Whaling Walls, which was dedicated on July 9, 1992. At 116,000 square feet , it is the world's largest mural (according to the Guinness Book of Records).
The arena was also one of the sites of the 1986 NCAA Men's Division I Basketball Championship Rounds of 64 and 32. The teams which played at Long Beach Arena included Maryland, Pepperdine & UNLV. Maryland's Len Bias played his final collegiate game at the Long Beach Arena on March 14, 1986 in a loss to UNLV in the Round of 32. The Arena was also the site of the Big West Conference men's basketball tournament from 1989-93.