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AAA Automobile Help
AAA tow trucks are stationed at the main parking lot and available through customer service for all STAPLES Center owned lots. These tow trucks will perform the following services: changing flat tires, assisting guests locked out of vehicles, fans needing a jump start, towing Service, etc. AAA services are available at all publicly ticketed STAPLES Center events.
The Los Angeles Kings Hockey Club at STAPLES Center
300 North Continental Blvd. Suite 500
El Segundo, CA 90245
Toyota Sports Center (Kings practice facility)
555 Nash Street
El Segundo, CA 90245
The beginning of the AEG concept was a simple one: the purchase of the Los Angeles Kings hockey team on 1995. Through the early operation of that team, AEG saw an opportunity in the market that others had passed by. Despite its reputation as the entertainment capitol of the world, Los Angeles lacked a state-of-the-art arena.
AEG immediately set to work to address that fact by building the world’s most acclaimed arena, STAPLES Center, as the home of the NHL Kings, and then signed on both the NBA’s Lakers and Clippers as well. This unprecedented list of prime tenants also now includes the WNBA’s Sparks and the AFL’s Avengers.
AEG is first known as the largest owner of sports teams in the world, and hold ownership in ten North American sports teams, with seven more across Europe. But AEG is equally strong in other entertainment areas, having also acquired Concerts West and Goldenvoice to develop and produce live arena performances around the world, and make those performances available to millions more by distributing digital broadcasts and DVDs through its Spring Communications.
AEG’s goal is as simple as it is grand: given the world’s ever growing hunger for entertainment, to become one of the largest and most innovative sports and entertainment presenters in the world. For more information on AEG, visit: www.aegworldwide.com.
Guests are expected to obey all state and local laws governing the purchase, possession, and consumption of alcohol. It is illegal for anyone under the age of 21 to consume alcoholic beverages. All on-duty State of California Alcohol and Beverage Control (ABC) Investigators, acting within the course and scope of their duty, may enter the arena during an event without prior notice or permission.
In an effort to provide a support group for the Los Angeles Community, local Kings alumni have banded together to raise funds for educational hockey programs, scholarship programs and worthy charitable causes. Members of the Kings alumni group work independently and with the Kings Community Development department to provide personnel for the summer youth hockey camp, various community events, fundraisers and educational programs. You can get more information on Kings Alumni at the Kings History page or visit the lakingsalumni.org.
Art of the Game - Sports Art & Memorabilia Gallery
It's your place to find signed memorabilia, posters, paintings and other rare sports collections. A definite must see for true sports fans, Art of the Game is located at the Figueroa entrance of STAPLES Center and is only open during sporting events.
Audio Recording Devices
Guests may not bring any types of audio recording devices into the arena.
Automated Teller Machine's (ATM's)
There are four Wells Fargo automatic teller machines (ATM’s) at STAPLES Center. ATM’s are located near the VIP Entrance at Star Plaza, at the Bank of America Banking Service Center on the Main Concourse, on Suite Level A and on the Upper Concourse.
To request a player’s autograph, please submit the item you would like signed to the player at: [player’s name], c/o Toytoa Sports Center, 555 Nash Street, El Segundo, CA 90245 USA. To ensure your item is returned, include a Self-Addressed Stamp Envelope. These are just guidelines for requesting an autograph and unfortunately, we are unable to guarantee items will be signed.
Baby Changing Tables
Baby changing tables are located throughout the arena in all Family Restrooms and on all levels in both male and female restrooms .
All guests entering the arena during an event are subject to a bag inspection conducted by STAPLES Center security personnel. Large bags, i.e. backpacks, suitcases, beach bags, etc. will be prohibited from entry into the arena.
Bailey & Bavis Memorial Fund
Tragically, the Los Angeles Kings lost two members of its family aboard one of the planes that was flown into the World Trade Center on Sept. 11, 2001. Garnet “Ace” Bailey and Mark Bavis were scouts for the Los Angeles Kings, but will always be remembered for their love of life, love of family and love for the game. For more information about the memorial foundations established in the names of Ace Bailey and Mark Bavis please visit the Bailey & Bavis Memorial Fund page. Click here for more information on Bailey and Bavis.
Banners and Signs
Banners and signs are only permitted at STAPLES Center when they meet the following criteria: Item must be related to the event; Item may not be attached to a stick or pole; Item may not be larger than 11” X 17” in dimension; Item may not obstruct any sponsors or advertisers’ signage; Item may not be hung, attached, or displayed on any part of the building; Item may not contain or display obscene / offensive language and/or pictures, as determined by STAPLES Center management; Item may not be constructed or displayed in a manner that may obstruct the view of other guests or in any way create a safety hazard for others as determined by STAPLES Center management.
Bodyguards for Non-Governmental Personnel
All guests who wish to be accompanied by their bodyguards or other protective services personnel, must adhere to the following: Every member of the entourage must be in possession of a valid event ticket or event credential pass in order to be allowed entry into the arena; All protective services personnel with tickets must take their seats in their assigned area. All protective services personnel with event credentials/pass must take their position as required by STAPLES Center management; Protective services personnel are prohibited from bringing weapons into the arena, regardless of whether they are off-duty law enforcement personnel and/or are licensed to carry a firearm. STAPLES Center does not provide weapon lockers. Weapons may not be checked in at Guest Link; STAPLES Center does not provide advance tour of the building to the protective services personnel assigned to private citizens.
The LAKBC and the LA Kings have formed a partnership to provide support to one another and to create a successful team. The LA Kings are committed to contributing to the growth and success of the LAKBC. In turn, the LAKBC provides volunteer support to the organization as needed, supports many of the Kings' charitable activities throughout the season, and makes an annual donation to the Kings Care Foundation. For more information on the Booster club, click here.
General public tickets and parking passes for STAPLES Center events can be purchased at all Ticketmaster outlets and STAPLES Center Box Office, however the Box Office does not take phone orders. Hours: 10 a.m. to 7 p.m. Monday through Saturday, open during events only on Sundays and as late as the end of the 2nd period on game nights. Locations: Outside STAPLES Center on Chick Hearn Court (11th Street); Inside STAPLES Center on the Main Concourse across from Section 111 and on the Upper Concourse between Aisles 21 – 22.
If prepaid, buses can park in Lot 6. Prepaid bus parking is $40.00; please arrange with your Group Sales Account Manager. Without prepaid bus parking, you will be directed to park in the first available lot.
Cameras and Video Cameras
Professional photographic equipment or video recording devices are not allowed into the arena.
The Kings have customized a 20’ mobile hockey unit to house a portable hockey rink, inflatable puck shoot and jersey, Sony PlayStation kiosk and full equipment for 20 participants. The Chariot takes hockey to the street and into the community by making an estimated 200 annual appearances at churches, parks, schools, sponsor locations and community events. At these appearances, the Kings host free street and inline hockey clinics, player appearances; and distribute giveaways and ticket information. For more information, visit the Kings Chariot Page.
Children 24-months-old and older require their own ticket to any STAPLES Center event.
In order to maintain a consistent sheet of ice STAPLES Center is kept between 62-64 degrees.
Throughout the year, the Kings offer clinics at local rinks, including Toyota Sports Center and STAPLES Center. Clinics are catered to any age or skill level for men, women and children. A professional staff provides quality instruction from a wealth of hockey experience. For a complete list of upcoming Kings Clinics, visit the LA Kings' Local Hockey page.
Beverly Hills attorney and real estate mogul Donald T. Sterling purchased the Los Angeles Clippers of the NBA in June of 1981 and brought the team to Los Angeles in 1984. On Nov. 1, 1984, the Los Angeles Clippers debuted at the Los Angeles Sports Arena with a 107-105 win over the New York Knicks. The arena became the team's home for the next fifteen seasons, during which the franchise snapped a playoff draught, hired NBA legend Elgin Baylor as Vice President of Basketball Operations, and landed 2 No. 1 overall draft picks in a 10-year span. The 1998-99 campaign marked the Clippers' final season at the L.A. Sports Arena as the team again changed addresses. In 1999-00, the franchise moved just up the street to STAPLES Center in downtown Los Angeles. Since making the transition to STAPLES, the team has broken attendance records in each year of its residence and has added a crop of talented young players that have dazzled Los Angeles crowds. Learn more about the Los Angeles Clippers at www.nba.com/clippers.
City View Terrace
You can host your next pre-game party on the City View Terrace, which accommodates groups of 50-300 guests, and enjoy a breathtaking view of Downtown before catching an exciting Kings game.
Contraband - Items Not Allowed In
The following items prohibited at STAPLES Center include, but are not limited to: Professional camera equipment, tripods, etc.; Water guns, squirt bottles, soap bubbles, etc.; Glass bottles, metal cans, etc.; Food, alcohol, etc.; Weapons, explosives, pepper spray, tear gas, etc.; Fireworks, slingshots, laser pointers, etc.; Noise-making devices, i.e. cowbells, whistles, (LAMC Sec. 41.57) etc.; Dead or alive animals i.e. octopus (service animals exempt); Beach balls, Frisbees, balloons, brooms, skateboards, roller blades, skates, etc. Guests found in possession of the above-mentioned items will be asked to remove the item from the arena or dispose of it. Guests who refuse to comply will be ejected from the arena and may be subject to arrest.
Season credentials are issued to media assigned to cover the Kings regularly. Individual single game credentials are granted to working media as space permits. All requests must be made by facsimile (310.620.4507) on the represented medium’s letterhead and submitted to the Kings media relations office at least 24 hours in advance of the event. The written request should also be followed-up with a telephone call. Freelance reporters and photographers will not be granted credentials without a letter of assignment from an accredited medium. Credentials are picked up at the STAPLES Center media will call table, which is located off of the Main Concourse (west side of the building - off of 11th Street). To prevent any questions from STAPLES Center security, you must wear your credential prominently at all times. The Kings media relations department reserves the right to revoke any credential if circumstances warrant such action.
Credit Cards Accepted at STAPLES Center
STAPLES Center accepts Visa, MasterCard and American Express. Bank of America credit cardholders receive 10% off purchases made with their Bank of America Visa or MasterCard. .
Customer Service at STAPLES Center
The goal of the STAPLES Center Guest Services staff is to provide courteous service that exceeds guests’ expectations and to take personal responsibility to handle guests’ requests. If you should need assistance, please see the nearest usher or come to a Guest Link service center.
For more information about having a message posted on the Video Message board, please visit our Community Relations page. Follow the directions to ensure your request is honored.
Please visit the STAPLES Center Directions Page for more information about getting to STAPLES Center.
STAPLES Center provides easy access for guests with disabilities. These areas include accessible entry doors, restrooms, suites, ticket windows, drinking fountains, concession counters and seating areas. STAPLES Center Guest Link service centers provide complimentary wheelchair escorts when requested. Escorts are available at any entry point or guests may make advance escort arrangements by contacting the Guest Services Manager at 213.742.7100. Assisted listening devices are also available for loan at the Guest Link service centers. Accessible/disabled seating is available on all levels of the arena. To purchase disabled or accessible seating, please contact Ticketmaster at 213.480.3232 or call the STAPLES Center Box Office for more information at 213.742.7340. For specific inquiries or more information, please contact the Guest Services Manager at 213.742.7100 during business hours or call STAPLES Center Guest Link during the event at 213.742.7278.
Distances to Local Attractions, Airports and Locations in California
Dodger Stadium is less than 4 miles from STAPLES Center. Disneyland is approximately 30 miles from STAPLES Center. Universal Studios/City Walk is approximately 10 miles from STAPLES Center. Knott’s Berry Farm is approximately 25 miles from STAPLES Center. The Queen Mary is approximately 25 miles from STAPLES Center. Los Angeles International Airport (LAX) is approximately 17 miles from STAPLES Center. John Wayne Airport in Orange County is approximately 43 miles from STAPLES Center. San Diego is about 2 hours (approximately 122 miles) from STAPLES Center and Downtown Los Angeles. San Francisco is about 6 hours (approximately 384 miles) from STAPLES Center and Downtown Los Angeles.
Please review our Charitable Giving Policies to learn about our donations guidelines as defined by Community Relations. Following the procedures as outlined will ensure a prompt response to your donation request.
For Kings’ games, VIP Doors open 2 hours before game time and general doors open 90 minutes before game time.
Water fountains are located on the Main Concourse across from aisles M6, M9, M17, M22; on the Upper Concourse across from aisles U5, U16, U30.
To access the Upper Concourse from the Main Concourse, take the Figueroa Street Elevator (across from Aisle M1) or the 11th Street elevators (across from aisle M15). To access the Premier/Suite Levels, take the elevators located in the Southwest VIP entrance (across from aisle M10) or Star Plaza VIP (across from aisle M22).
Emergency exit doors are located all throughout the arena. In an emergency, please remain calm and follow the direction of STAPLES Center ushers and security staff in finding the exit closest to you.
Entrances and Exits
11th Street Entry—across from aisle M14; Star Plaza Entry—across from aisle M20; Figueroa Street Entry—across from aisle M2; Star Plaza VIP Entry—across from aisle M22; Southwest VIP Entry—across from aisle M10
To access the Upper Concourse from the Main Concourse, escalators are available at the Figueroa Street Entrance (near aisle M2) and at the 11th Street Entrance (near aisle M14). To access the Premier Level & Suite Level A, escalators are available at the Star Plaza VIP entrance (across from aisle M22) and the Southwest VIP entrance (across from aisle M10). To access Suite Levels B & C, escalators are also available at the Southwest VIP entrance or across from Suite A-30.
Seventeen event suites are available for rent on a per-event basis. Located at the north and south ends of Suite Level C, they are ideal for entertaining larger groups. Full catering service by Levy Restaurants is available during events. Price and reservation information for event suites is available by calling Premium Seating Sales at 1.877.5.ACTNOW.
Fan Conduct and Etiquette
All guests must maintain reasonable and appropriate behavior at all times. Guests using offensive language or engaging in disorderly conduct may be ejected from the arena and may be subject to arrest. Ejected guests will not receive a refund for their tickets or be compensated in any way for their loss. Guests who do not sit down during events and are thus causing a disturbance and/or complaint by obstructing the viewing range of the guests seated directly behind them will be asked by the Event Services staff to be seated. Guests may not change their seat and/or suite without permission from STAPLES Center management. Guests who are discovered to have changed their seat and/or suite without permission will be issued a warning and asked to returned to their assigned area, as indicated on their valid event ticket. All guests must be in possession of a valid event ticket or credential and produce it to the STAPLES Center event staff when requested to do so.
If you would like to email a player, coach, or any member of the Kings organization, please chose one of the following:
Via email: Please send your email to firstname.lastname@example.org and your email will be forwarded to the appropriate person.
Via regular mail: Please send letters to [player’s name], c/o Toyota Sports Center, 555 Nash Street, El Segundo, CA 90245 USA
We are always interested in what our fans have to say. Send us an email at email@example.com.
Located on the Main Concourse across from aisle M3 and on the Upper Concourse across from aisle U21.
FM Assistive Listening System
To accommodate the Americans With Disabilities Act (ADA) signed into law in July of 1990, a FM Assistive Listening System, made up of a Phonic Ear, can be checked out at Main Concourse Guest Link. For more information, please see Guest Link.
Food Drive Drop-Off Locations
Throughout the year, especially around the holidays, fans are encouraged to donate canned or non-perishable food items in bins at all entrances to STAPLES Center, which will be distributed by local charities and food banks.
Frenzy on Figueroa
The Kings finished the 2000-01 season with 92 points, the first back-to-back 90-point seasons in club history and found themselves facing the high-flying Detroit Red Wings in the first round of the post-season. Down two games to one and trailing 3-0 with eight minutes remaining in Game Four of the series, the Kings scored three unanswered goals, including Bryan Smolinski’s game-tying marker with 53 seconds remaining that sent the STAPLES Center crowd into a frenzy.
The Kings carried the momentum into overtime and rookie Eric Belanger’s goal at 2:36 of the first overtime evened the series at two games apiece and added another chapter to the Kings history books. The “Frenzy on Figueroa” became the catalyst for the underdog Kings as they went on to win Game Five in Detroit and closed out their first playoff series victory since 1993 in Game Six at STAPLES Center when Adam Deadmarsh scored back-to-back goals including the game-winning goal in overtime sending the Kings into the second round against the Avalanche. Again the underdog, the Kings took the powerhouse Avalanche the distance and eventually lost in seven games to the eventual Stanley Cup-Champion.
You can raise money for your non-profit organization by selling tickets to an exciting Kings game. You have an opportunity to receive tickets at a discounted rate, sell them at the face value and keep the difference. Click here for more information.
Several contests and promotions take place at each Kings home game. Kings game entertainment staff randomly selects contest winners and/or contestants throughout the game.
Many STAPLES Center policies are described in this guide and you may visit staplescenter.com for more Event Policies.
Groups discounts are available for Kings games for groups of 15 or more. Also ask about group sales for other events at STAPLES Center, the Home Depot Center and Kodak THEATRE. Click here for more information.
STAPLES Center welcomes our guests to visit the Guest Link service centers located on the Main and Upper Concourses of the arena. Guest Link service centers are information kiosks designed to assist our guests with any question, concern, or issue they may have here at STAPLES Center. In addition, Guest Link service centers assist guests with disabilities. Please stop in and visit us during your next event.
Hall of Fame
Rogie Vachon, Marcel Dionne, Dave Taylor, Wayne Gretzky, Butch Goring, Peter Demers and Bob Miller are the members of the Los Angeles Kings Hall of Fame. Click here to visit the LA Kings Hall of Fame. Peter Demers: One of the most respected trainers in the NHL, Pete was with the Kings organization for 35 years. On Dec. 18, 2003, he worked his 2,500th consecutive regular season Kings game...Marcel Dionne: With more than 1,300 points during his 12-year tenure as a King, Marcel, an NHL Hall of Famer, brought a tremendous amount of excitement and enthusiasm to Kings fans when he arrived in 1975. His scoring touch was record setting and his scoring records might never be touched. Butch Goring – With 275 goals and 659 points, Butch trails only Marcel, Dave, Wayne, Luc Robitaille, and Bernie Nicholls on the team’s all-time scoring list. Turning to coaching when his playing days came to an end, the four-time Stanley Cup winner led the Utah Grizzlies (IHL) to two Turner Cup championships...Wayne Gretzky: Gretzky’s 19-year NHL tenure is unmatched. A King from 1988-96, he is fourth on the club’s all-time scoring list, and earned a multitude of honors while playing in Los Angeles, including three NHL scoring titles and one Most Valuable Player award... Bob Miller: The “Voice of the Kings” has called more Kings games on television and radio than anyone, and in 2000 he was part of the Hockey Hall of Fame induction ceremonies in Toronto as the recipient of the Foster Hewitt Memorial Award, which is given annually by the radio and television industry for outstanding contributions to the hockey broadcasting profession...Dave Taylor: One of the most popular players in team history during his 17 seasons on the ice, Dave truly is the ultimate King... Rogie Vachon: The premier goaltender in Kings history, Rogie first became associated with the Kings in 1971 when he took Forum Ice. The franchise leader in just about every statistical category for a goalie, Rogie, who has also held a variety of front office positions with the team, was the first King to have his sweater retired by the club.
History of the Los Angeles Kings
Jack Kent Cooke was awarded a new NHL franchise on Feb. 9, 1966. Wanting his new hockey club to take on an air of royalty, Cooke named his team the Kings and was part of six new teams that would double the size of the NHL from the Original Six franchises to 12 teams, starting with the 1967-68 season. The Kings’ first coach was Red Kelly, who started with the team for the 1967-68 season. In the teams’ first game, October 14, 1967, Kelly coached the team to a 4-2 win over the Philadelphia Flyers. For more information about the history of the Kings, go to the History page.
We've compiled the basic aspects of the game to help you understand what's happening on the ice, check out LAKings.com's hockey rules.
Skate where the pros skate! Organize your youth or adult hockey team game on STAPLES Center ice for ice time before and after most Kings home games. There is a minimum ticket purchase required for all ice time and ice time is limited and sells out, so call early in the season.
All guests entering the arena during an event are subject to a metal-detector screening, visual inspection, and a bag inspection conducted by STAPLES Center security personnel.
Intermission Youth Ice Time
Watch your little ones skate during intermission of a Kings home game! A minimum ticket purchase is required and you can use the discounted ticket as an opportunity to raise funds for your children's hockey team.
Please go to Work for the Kings page on LAKings.com for a list of the current positions open with the Kings, at STAPLES Center and with other members of the AEG family. Please follow the information listed with each individual posting regarding whom to contact and were to send your resume/application.
The Los Angeles Jr. Kings is Southern California’s premier Youth Hockey organization. In cooperation with the Los Angeles Kings Hockey Club, LA Jr. Kings Hockey is administered to promote and develop a high performance hockey program for players of all levels. The Jr. Kings have established itself as a nationally ranked organization and its players are now receiving legitimate exposure into Junior A and collegiate hockey programs, with a handful of players drafted by NHL teams. For more information about, please visit the Jr. Kings page.
The Kings Bench and the Visiting Team Bench are located in Sections 102, 101 and 119.
Kings Camp is our annual Youth Hockey Camp that runs for a week each summer at the LA Kings practice facility – the Toyota Sports Center in El Segundo. The camp features professional instruction from NHL coaches, players and Alumni for serious hockey players looking to take their game to the next level. Daily sessions include 1 1/2 hours of on-ice hockey instruction, 1 hour of power skating and 1 hour of video lessons. Former Kings player and current radio color commentator, Daryl Evans oversees the camp. Kings Alumni Jim Fox, Mark Hardy, Ian Turnbull, Nelson Emerson, and others offer their coaching skills and hockey knowledge to campers. Proceeds from Kings Camp benefit the Kings Care Foundation. For more information, visit our Kings Camp page.
Kings Care Foundation
Formed in 1996, Kings Care Foundation is the non-profit children’s charity of the Los Angeles Kings. Dedicated to providing children in the Greater Los Angeles area with educational and recreational opportunities, Kings Care Foundation has provided $3.5 million in in-kind and monetary support for the local community. Learn more at our Kings Care Foundation page.
The National Basketball Association has captured a world-wide audience and its’ games are broadcast across the globe, cultivating the growth of basketball from China to Europe and South America, and creating an ever growing demand for its programs and events.
In 1998, AEG purchased The Forum, along with an ownership position in the Lakers, and then signed the Lakers as a permanent tenant of AEG’s new STAPLES Center. In 1999 and 2000, during their first two seasons in STAPLES Center, the Lakers won their 12th and 13th NBA World Championships in franchise history behind Shaquille O’Neal and Kobe Bryant.
The Lakers’ history is full of Hall of Fame players, including: Wilt Chamberlain, Elgin Baylor, Jerry West, Kareem Abdul-Jabbar, James Worthy, Gail Goodrich and Ervin “Magic” Johnson. Dubbed “Showtime” during the 1980’s for its fast-paced exciting brand of play, the Lakers won 6 World Championships and became one of the best known sports franchises in the world. Learn more about the Los Angeles Lakers at www.nba.com/lakers.
The Official website of your Los Angeles Kings.
You can catch all the action by listening in to every Kings game over the internet. Nick Nickson and Daryl Evans bring you every Kings game with a live internet broadcast.
The Kings' and visiting team's locker rooms are located on the Event Level of STAPLES Center. Dressing room access is granted to credentialed media only.
Los Angeles Convention & Visitors Bureau
The mission of the Los Angeles Convention & Visitors Bureau is to enhance the economic vitality of Los Angeles through sales and marketing of the destination to Convention, Meetings and Leisure Travel markets. The LACVB also works to develop tourism through the Cultural Tourism and Sports & Entertainment communities, and maintains a close working relationship with the general and tourism trade Media. Visit the LACVB online at www.lacvb.com for more information about Los Angeles.
Los Angeles Convention Center
The Los Angeles Convention Center is located adjacent to STAPLES Center and houses exhibition halls, meeting rooms, towers and lobbies forming a grand unified center. With a total of 720,000 square feet of exhibition and 147,000 square feet of meeting room space, the Los Angeles Convention Center provides a preeminent setting for any event. For more information about the LACC, please visit them online at www.lacclink.com.
Lost and Found
If you lose an item during a game, please inquire about the item at the Guest Link service centers located on the Main Concourse across from aisle M12 and on the Upper Concourse across from aisle U6. If the item is not found during the event, guests should contact STAPLES Center Security at 213.742.7444 (open 24 hours/7days) to inquire about the lost item.
Lost or Stolen Tickets
Season ticket holder’s can contact their Ticket Representative at 1.888.KINGS.LA for reprints of lost or stolen tickets. If tickets are stolen, a complete police report must be presented. Individual ticket buyers will need to contact Ticketmaster at 213.480.3232.
The Main Concourse consists of the entrance into the arena, Team LA store, FOX Sports Sky Box sports bar and restaurant, refreshment and concession stands, Guest Link Service Center, first aid station, Bank of America Banking Service Center, Los Angeles Times Newsstand, Cingular Wireless Retail Center and Pacific Bell Telezones.
The front office team is just as important as the team that takes the ice every game. The Kings Hockey Operations staff is comprised of key personnel that handle every aspect of the team. Learn more about who does what by taking a look at the club directory.
The Monarchs are located in Manchester, New Hampshire and serve as the Los Angeles Kings’ minor league affiliate. The Monarchs play in the prestigious American Hockey League (AHL), joining the league in the fall of 2001. The 28-team league draws over 6 million fans annually and is the highest quality hockey developmental leaguer in North America, and typically, the final platform of players headed to the NHL. Learn more about the future of the LA Kings by taking a look at the players in the Kings' pipeline or by visiting the Monarchs website at www.monarchshockey.com.
The 1975 acquisition of Marcel Dionne brought Kings fans a player who performed offensive magic like no King before. Dionne’s greatest glory as a King came as a member of the famed “Triple Crown” line. Centering a line with right winger Dave Taylor and left winger Charlie Simmer during the late 1970’s and early 1980’s, Dionne posted the biggest numbers of his career, including the NHL scoring championship in 1979-80.
CREDENTIALS: Season credentials are issued to media assigned to cover the Kings regularly. Individual single game credentials are granted to working media as space permits. All requests must be made by facsimile (310.620.4507) on the represented medium’s letterhead and submitted to the Kings communications office at least 24 hours in advance of the event. The written request should also be followed-up with a telephone call. Freelance reporters and photographers will not be granted credentials without a letter of assignment from an accredited medium. Credentials are picked up at the STAPLES Center media will call table, which is located off of the Main Concourse (west side of the building - off of 11th Street). To prevent any questions from STAPLES Center security, you must wear your credential prominently at all times. The Kings media relations department reserves the right to revoke any credential if circumstances warrant such action.
PARKING: The season or single game credential does not serve as a parking pass. For media parking information, please contact the Kings communications department.
PRESS BOX: The Bob Miller Press Box is located on the west side of STAPLES Center. All seats are reserved and only members of the accredited media, visiting hockey club and Kings staff/game staff are permitted in the press box. Each media member must call the Kings media relations office in advance to request press box seating. The four broadcast booths are located on the upper concourse level, below the Bob Miller Press Box.
PHOTOGRAPHERS: Due to limited rinkside space, priority for photo holes is as follows: Daily newspapers and wire services have reserved spaces during the first period only. Agency and magazine photographers must offer any space during the first period if asked to do so. Photographers are not permitted in the team bench areas during the game or any place that would obstruct the view of spectators. Photographers are also not allowed in the dressing rooms without pre-approved permission and the appropriate credential from the Kings media relations department.
TELEVISION: Stations wanting action footage from any Kings games are encouraged to take it from FOX Sports Net’s broadcast or other subsequent satellite feeds. A station, however, cannot air the footage until after it has been broadcast by the originating source, and that source must be given on-screen credit. If it is necessary for a crew to shoot action footage during a game (isolation shots or special theme news/feature stories), you must notify the Kings media relations office for permission and assistance.
TICKETS: Media requests for tickets to Kings game can be made by calling the media relations office at least 24 hours in advance of the game. The quantity of these tickets is limited.
DRESSING ROOMS: Dressing room access for credentialed media is as follows, in accordance with NHL rules: Before the game - A maximum of three players can be made available to media, by request, up to 90 minutes before the game in a location outside the dressing room. After the game - Media are allowed in the dressing room area approximately 10 minutes following the end of the game.
PRACTICES: All Kings practice sessions (at the Toyota Sports Center in El Segundo and STAPLES Center) are open to the media. Media intending to cover practice should call the Kings media hotline (213.742.7325) to confirm the scheduled starting time and location. The dressing room will be open approximately 10 minutes after the first player leaves the ice. In the event of a scheduled or unscheduled team meeting after practice, the dressing room will open immediately following the conclusion of the meeting.
SERVICES: The Chick Hearn Press Room, located on rink level (west side) of the STAPLES Center, is a working area for all credentialed media before, during and after the game. A pre-game meal in the adjacent dining room is provided (at a cost of $5, with all proceeds benefiting the Kings Care Foundation) for the media starting approximately 90 minutes before the game. Refreshments are provided in the Chick Hearn Press Room and the Bob Miller Press Box during and after the game. The Bob Miller Press Box is also set up as a working area for media filing stories on deadline, and there is a dedicated press elevator that reaches the Bob Miller Press Box from the workroom. If conditions for meeting your deadline require special attention, please contact a member of the Kings media relations department.
GAME NOTES/STATISTICS: Complete game notes and statistics are distributed in the Chick Hearn Press Room and the Bob Miller Press Box prior to the game. Scoring and statistical summaries are distributed between periods. Final scoring summaries and post-game quotes will be distributed to all media areas as soon as possible after each game.
TELEPHONES: Charge-a-Call phones are available in the Bob Miller Press Box and the Chick Hearn Press Room for media to use before, during and after the game. If a telephone line is needed on a regular basis, please call Laura Geery at STAPLES Center (213.742.7246) to arrange for installation.
TEAM LA is the official license store for the Los Angeles Kings, Los Angeles Lakers, Los Angeles Clippers, Los Angeles Sparks and the Los Angeles Avengers. Please see TEAM LA for more information.
Miracle on Manchester
The 1981-82 season was disappointing in that the Kings had a less-than-memorable regular season going 24-41-15, but what happened in that season’s playoffs remains one of the great moment’s in franchise and NHL history. Facing the heavily-favored Edmonton Oilers in the best-of-five first round of the playoffs, the Kings pulled off two huge upsets –one, in winning the series, three games to two, and two, in winning Game 3 of the series, forever remembered as the “Miracle on Manchester.”
Down 5-0 in the third period of that game on April 10, 1982, the Kings steadily chipped away at Edmonton’s commanding lead until Steve Bozek sent the game into overtime, knotting the game at 5-5 with five seconds remaining. At 2:35 of the extra period, unheralded rookie Daryl Evans ripped a shot over Grant Fuhr’s shoulder to seal an improbably end to an incredible game. After losing Game 4 at home, the Kings took the series with a 7-4 victory in Game 5 in Edmonton.
The National Anthem(s) is sung before the game starts, when fans are asked to stand and remove their hats. When a Canadian Team visits STAPLES Center, then the American anthem and the Canadian anthem (O Canada) are both performed. National Anthem auditions are held every year in early September. All singers selected to sing the national anthem at a Kings game are selected from this open audition. Please check back to lakings.com for an exact audition date.
If you would like the opportunity to sing the National Anthem at STAPLES Center, please submit your tape to: Janelle Morgan, c/o Los Angeles Kings 300 N. Continental Blvd Suite 500 El Segundo, CA 90345 You may also submit a MP3 to firstname.lastname@example.org. Please include a headshot, if available.
As mandated by the NHL, STAPLES Center's netting is made of a black monofilament to prevent pucks from entering the stands located directly behind each goal.
Noise-making devices, i.e. cowbells, whistles, megaphones, etc., are not permitted inside STAPLES Center.
Outside Food and Beverages
Guests may not bring food and beverage into the arena during events. The only exceptions are small snack items, i.e. small pack of nuts, plastic bottled water, candy bars, small bag of chips, etc. If due to a special dietary need, religious requirement, or medical condition, the Guest Services Manager has issued a guest a letter of exemption, the guest must present this letter upon entrance in to the arena.
Season long prepaid parking passes are available to season ticket holders through your Account Executive, please contact them at 1.888.KINGS.LA. The Box Office also sells parking passes for individual games. Ask about prepaid parking passes when purchasing individual tickets at STAPLES Center Box Office. For a complete map of STAPLES Center parking lots, please visit the Directions page. Members of the media must request parking through the Kings media relations department at least 24 hours in advance of the game as the season or single game credential does not serve as a parking pass.
Parking Lot Services
All parking lots are open 2 ½ hours prior to game time. Lots are open and staffed for 60 minutes after the game ends. Please call 213.742.PARK for more information.
Kings Season Tickets: 213.742.7220 or 1.888.KINGS.LA; Box Office (Will Call): 213.742.7400; Kings Media Relations: 310.620.4510; Toyota Sports Center (Kings Practice Facility): 310.620.4510; Arena Club Reservations: 213.742.7450; STAPLES Center Lost & Found: 213.742.7444; Donation Requests: 213.763.7700; Video Message Board: 213.742.7230
Unless otherwise specified by the teams and/or event officials/management, guests may not bring professional photographic equipment in to the facility. Guests are also prohibited from engaging in commercial photography of any kind without the prior approval of STAPLES Center management. The following is a partial list of the prohibited camera equipment: Flash photography, Monopods or tripods, Cameras with interchangeable lenses, Cameras with lenses greater than 3 ½ inches in length. Teams and/or event officials/management may have additional rules further restricting or prohibiting photography.
The pipeline organizes players that are part of the Kings organization, but not on the current roster that are made up of players that are “In the System,” which are generally two-way pros that shuffle between the Monarchs in the AHL and the Kings, as well as “Prospects,” which are younger players that are still developing their skills in minor leagues around the world.
The Bob Miller Press Box is located on the west side of STAPLES Center. All seats are reserved and only members of the accredited media, visiting hockey club and Kings staff/game staff are permitted in the press box. Each media member must call the Kings media relations office in advance to request press box seating. The four broadcast booths are located on the upper concourse level, below the Bob Miller Press Box.
The Press Level is the highest part of STAPLES Center where members of the press get a bird's-eye view of the action on the ice. The Press Box is located above 316 - 320.
AEG built what is considered the finest team training facility in professional sports. The Toyota Sports Center is located in El Segundo, Calif., adjacent to the Los Angeles International Airport, and a short drive to STAPLES Center. The six-acre facility, which is open seven days a week, includes two public ice rinks, on NHL regulation-size and the other Olympic-size, as well as a public outdoor in-line skating rink.
All Kings practice sessions (at the Toyota Sports Center in El Segundo) are open to the media and the public and free to watch. The training facility located at: 555 South Nash Street, El Segundo, CA 90245. Please call 310.620.4510 for more information.
If you are the lucky fan randomly chosen for a prize during a game, and a member of the Kings Game Entertainment Staff does not meet you in your seat to award your prize, please take your ticket stub to Guest Link on the Main Concourse to redeem your prize.
Raise money for your non-profit organization by selling programs at a Kings home game. You are required to have at least 20 volunteers to sell programs and your organization will receive a percentage of each program sold.
Throughout the season, several give-a-ways are handed out to all fans in attendance. For the latest schedule of promotional games, visit the Kings promotions schedule.
For a donation of $500 to the Kings Care Foundation, the Los Angeles Kings will put together a special package to make your wedding proposal truly unforgettable. A public address announcement will be read, coinciding with a videoboard feature of you and your loved one. You will also be able to share this momentous occasion with friends and family, as the Kings will provide you with a videotape of your special moment. Tickets are not included with this package and all requests must be received at least one month prior to the anticipated game date. To schedule a day to “pop the question” at a Kings game, please call 1 888 KINGS.LA .
STAPLES Center has a “no re-entry” policy during events. Guests who wish to place an item back in their vehicle, i.e. video recorder or due to personal emergencies must exit and re-enter the arena during an event, i.e. medicine retrieval from their vehicles, must first make contact with an Event Services supervisor / manager via Guest Link to make necessary arrangements.
Refunds and Exchanges
There are no refunds or exchanges on tickets once purchased.
Main Concourse: Men’s—across from aisles M1, M5, M8, M12, M21, M23; Women’s—across from aisles M6, M9, M12, M14, M17, M20, M22, M26 plus a Family restroom located across from aisle M23.
Premier/Suite Level A: Men's & Women’s restrooms located across from Premier Sections 4, 8, 12, 17. Suite Level B: Men's & Women's located across from suites B10, B20, B46, B57; Family Restroom across from suite B1. Suite Level C: Men's & Women’s located across from suites C10, C20, C30, C40 and a Family restroom located across from C3.
Upper Concourse: Men and Women’s located across from aisles U4, U16, U20, U34 plus a Family restroom located across from aisle U31.
STAPLES Center proudly displays five retired Kings sweaters - Rogie Vachon's No. 30, which was the first Kings number retired on Feb. 14, 1985; Marcel Dionne's No. 16; Dave Taylor's No. 18; Wayne Gretzky's No. 99, retired in a pregame ceremony on Oct. 9, 2002, and Luc Robitaille's No. 20, which was the most recent sweater to be retired on Jan. 20, 2007.
The Kings have 30 rinks and hockey organizations as part of our Rink Alliance program. For a list of participating rinks, please visit the Rink Alliance page.
Rogie Vachon spent seven seasons (1971-72 to 1977-78) with the Kings, putting an indelible mark on the club’s record book. He is the King’s all-time leader in games played (389), wins (171), shutouts (32) and goals against average (2.86). Perhaps his greatest wearing the Forum purple and gold was 1974-75, the year Vachon posted a 27-14-13 record (including six shutouts) and a 2.24 GAA. The Hockey News rewarded Vachon by naming him the NHL Player of the Year.
Royal Reign is the Official Game Magazine of the Los Angeles Kings. It is published four times throughout the regular season and distributed/sold at each home game at most entrances. Nick Nickson, Stu Nahan and Mike Tenay write regular columns and stories for the magazine. In addition, the publication prints exclusive stories and great photos of the Kings and of other stars around the NHL. LAKings.com will also publish each of the Royal Reign stories after they are published at a Kings game.
The Kings Royal Report is your best way to stay informed on all the latest news about your Kings. Sign up for the Kings Royal Report at lakings.com to get weekly emailed team and player information, news from around the Kings organization and special ticket offers. Click here to sign up today.
A dedicated lounge for food and drink only for season ticket holders to entertain guests or to just sit back and enjoy the game in a different atmosphere.
The Kings Sales Booth is located on the Lower Concourse, next to the Figueroa Bar across from Section 102.
View the game dates, the TV and Radio broadcast schedule, or Export a copy to Outlook at Schedule. All of these items are located on the main page of LAKings.com, under "Schedule."
STAPLES Center features an eight sided Mitsubishi Diamond Vision/White Way Scoreboard (4 sides Diamond Vision, 4 sides White Way). Each board is 9 feet x12 feet and it weighs approximately 25,000 pounds. It takes two motors to lift it up to 105 feet above the ice.
Season Ticket Holders
For more information about becoming a Season Ticket Holder, please call 1.888.KINGS.LA.
View the STAPLES Center Seating Map for Kings games.
When facing the ice, each section is numbered from right to left.
Ticket scalping is against the law (LAMC 42.03 – CA PC 346). STAPLES Center Security Department will instruct ticket scalpers to refrain from conducting their activities in and around STAPLES Center. In accordance with LA City Municipal Code Section 42.03 and California Penal Code Section 346, STAPLES Center guests may not sell their unused tickets to others in and around STAPLES Center.
A game is considered a sellout is when there are no pairs of tickets together, but single seats may still be available. Purchase individual seats at ticketmaster.com.
During each Kings game, you can participate in two silent auctions. The first auction is run by Art of the Game and is located at the swing stands in front of the entrance to TEAM LA on the Main Concourse. Kings Care Foundation offers their own auction at their booth located next to Guest Link on the Main Concourse.
Other than the areas specified, smoking is not allowed inside the arena. Guests found smoking in an unauthorized area, i.e. lockers rooms, dressing rooms, offices, meeting/conference rooms, etc. will be informed of this policy and asked to comply. Smoking is only permitted on the Arena Club Terrace, City View Terrace and at the south entrance located on the Main Concourse near Aisle 7. A ticket stub will be required to re-enter the building if you exit through the south entrance.
Given the growing interest and participation in women’s basketball throughout the country, the NBA created the WNBA and a national schedule of play for summer. The WNBA negotiated a television contract with the NBC television network and secured sufficient sponsorship support to guarantee intial business success for the league. Learn more about the Los Angeles Sparks at www.wnba.com/sparks.
The official website of STAPLES Center, visit www.staplescenter.com to view a complete schedule of events, directions and detailed information.
STAPLES Center, home to your Los Angeles Kings, was arecipient of the prestigious Pollstar-CIC Arena of the Year award and has clearly established itself as the Sports and Entertainment Center of the World...Seating: Seats 18,118 for Kings Games; 18,997 for Lakers Games; 19,060 for Clippers Games; 16,096 for Avengers Games; 12,947 for Sparks Games; 20,000 for Concerts and Boxing; 160 Luxury Suites, 15 Event Suites available on an event-by-event basis); 2,500 Premier Seats; 2/3 of arena seating is in the lower bowl... Fan Conveniences: 5 concourses: two public, three private; 23 refreshment stands; 55 restrooms; 8-sided center display/video scoreboard; 10 elevators; 11 escalators; TEAM LA store featuring official team merchandise; 1,200 television monitors; 300 seat FOX Sports Sky Box restaurant; Hama Sushi restaurant; City View Grill; 5,550 parking spaces owned and operated by STAPLES Center. Event Facilities: Access for six television trucks; 12 dressing/locker rooms; Team-exclusive locker rooms for the Los Angeles Kings, Lakers, Clippers, Avengers and Sparks; Two complete television control rooms – including HD broadcast capabilities...Building Dimensions: Over one million square feet on a 10-acre site; 764 feet from office prow to rear of arena; 502 feet from end to end of Super Truss; 150 feet event feet to highest point of roof. State-of-the-Art Technology: 1,200 television monitors; Fully digital television production control room; $2 million specialty lighting package; $1.5 million Bose facility sound system; 125,500 watts of audio amplification; 34 fixed broadcast television positions. Total Cost: $407 million. Fastest Changeover: Hockey to Basketball: 1 hour, 50 minutes
The STAPLES Center Foundation continues to raise funds to support those in the community by offering sports and entertainment fans the opportunity to make a donation of $160 and receive a limited edition 8x8 porcelain star, a $300 donation and receive a Lakers Gold Victory star or for a donation o f $3,045 receive a limited edition 12x12 granite star. All the stars are prominently displayed in the Star Plaza entrance of the arena at Figueroa and 11th Streets. Stars can be personalized with donors often honoring, memorializing, and thanking their family and friends. For more information regarding the STAPLES Center programs contact 213.742.7166.
Star Plaza VIP Entry
Outside STAPLES Center, Star Plaza VIP is located next to the Fox Sports Sky Box restaurant and the Team LA merchandise store on the corner of Chick Hearn Court/11th Street and Figueroa Street. Inside STAPLES Center, Star Plaza VIP is located across from aisle M22 on the Main Concourse.
Stolen or Missing Property
All guests who report stolen and/or missing property should be referred to the STAPLES Center Security Department. Upon notification, the security personnel will respond to the scene of the incident in order to conduct an investigation. Guests reporting the incident will have to decide whether they wish to file a police report or not.
Suite Level A
Suite Level A features many of the amenities available to Premier Seat holders. The Arena Club restaurant, Bank of America Conference Center, Suite LA, Xerox Business Center, concession stands, club lounges (Buss Stop and Cooke’s Corner) and family restrooms are located here. Premier Seat and suite holders as well as their guests with a Premier or Suite ticket have access to this level. The Kendall-Jackson Grand Reserve Club is also located on Suite Level A, but access is limited to members only.
Suite Level B
Suite Level B features Hama Sushi restaurant.
Suite Level C
Suite Level C is designated for suite holders only.
For more information about STAPLES Center Suites, please call 1.888.KINGS.LA.
SW VIP Entry
Outside STAPLES Center, the Southwest VIP entrance is located near the Los Angeles Convention Center. Inside STAPLES Center, Southwest VIP is located across from aisle M10 on the Main Concourse.
Tailgating or picnicking in any of STAPLES Center’s parking lots before, during, or after an event without authorization from STAPLES Center management will not be permitted.
TEAM LA Store
TEAM LA is the retail store at STAPLES Center that sells officially licensed products for the Kings, Lakers, Clipper, Sparks and Avengers. Located at 1111 South Figueroa St., Star Plaza, Los Angeles, CA 90015, the outside entrance is just behind the LA Sports Arc of Fame and the Wayne Gretzky monument. Once inside STAPLES Center, you can enter between Star Plaza and FOX SkyBox on the Main Concourse. The store hours are Monday through Friday from 10:00am to 6:00pm; Saturday and Sunday from 10:00am to 5:00pm. On game days, TEAM LA will close it's doors 2 1/2 hours before game time and re-open again 1 1/2 hours before game time, from the inside to ticket holders only. If there is a concert or special event, TEAM LA will close 2 hours before event doors open and will remain close throughout the event.
There are also five TEAM LA kiosks throughout STAPLES Center: Figueroa Entrance, Main Concourse; 11th Street Entrance, Main Concourse; Upper Concourse, West Side; Upper Concourse, East Side; Suite Level A, Near the Buss Stop.
TEAM LA has 3 other locations: Toyota Sports Center - 310.620.4620; Home Depot Center - 310.630.2260; Universal City Walk - 818.509.3090.
The team roster is a great place to start getting to know your team. Learn who plays what position, their number, where players are from and more.
Away Games: We do not sell tickets to any Kings Away Games. Please visit ticketmaster.com to find tickets or contact the Home Team...Online Orders: All orders are subject to credit card approval and billing address verification. You will receive an order number and an email confirmation after you place your order. Tickets are subject to availability. All orders placed less than seven days prior to a game will be held at Will Call; orders placed more than seven days from a game will be processed and mailed to the address used when ordering. This may take up to four weeks. Refunds: There are no refunds or exchanges on tickets once purchased...Reprints: Season ticket holder’s can contact their Ticket Representative at 1.888.KINGS.LA for reprints. Upgrading: Ticket upgrades are offered as a benefit only to Kings Season Ticket Holders. Tickets can be upgrade 3 times a year at the box office on the day of the game only, please contact your Ticket Representative at 1.888.KINGS.LA for more information.
Reserve your tickets Kings games, at ticketmaster.com, visit a designated Ticketmaster outlet or call any of the following numbers for the Ticketmaster Charge-By-Phone Network: 213.480.3232, 714.740.2000, 805.583.8700, 619.220.8497.
Toyota Sports Center
To support two of its best-known franchises, the Los Angeles Kings and Lakers, AEG built was is considered the finest team training facility in professional sports. The Toyota Sports Center is located in El Segundo, California, adjacent to the Los Angeles International Airport, and a short drive to STAPLES Center for the convenience of the teams. The complex, open seven days a week is also the official training facility of the WNBA’s Los Angeles Sparks.
The six-acre facility includes two public ice rinks, on NHL regulation-size and the other Olympic-size, as well as a public outdoor in-line skating rink. It also has two full-size basketball courts and training facilities, including locker rooms and office space for the Kings, Lakers and Sparks. For more information on Toyota Sports Center, visit www.toyotasportscenter.com/.
The Upper Concourse consists of refreshment and concession stands, Guest Link Service Center, first aid station, Bank of America ATM, Team LA Merchandise stand, and the City View Grill located on the City View Terrace.
The goal of the STAPLES Center Guest Services staff is to provide courteous service that exceeds guests’ expectations and to take personal responsibility to handle guests’ requests. If you should need assistance, please see the nearest usher or come to a Guest Link service center.
Video Message Board
Group welcomes and birthday/anniversary messages may be arranged with your ticket sales representative at 1.888.KINGS.LA. If you do not purchase a group sales package or are not a season ticket holder, you may arrange for a message board by contacting the Kings Care Foundation. The cost is a $50 donation fee for non-groups or season ticket holders.
Visiting Team Practices
The visiting team practices the morning of the game at STAPLES Center. Those practice sessions are closed to the public.
Wells Fargo Conference Rooms
The Wells Fargo Conference Center, located on Suite Level A, contains three tastefully appointed conference rooms. Conference rooms are available to Premier Seat holders at no charge for meeting before events and during nonevent hours. Full catering service by Levy Restaurants can be arranged for an additional charge. Reservations are on a first-come, first-serve basis. Please call Premium Seating Services to make a reservation.
To many, Wayne Gretzky was the sport of hockey. The arrival of “The Great One” in 1988 brought credibility and notoriety to the franchise. Sellout crowds became the norm at the famed Great Western Forum, and all of the glitz and glamour of Hollywood quickly followed. A ticket to a Kings game to Gretzky was a must. Learn more about Wayne Gretzky at lakings.com.
Wayne Gretzky is currently the head coach of the Phoenix Coyotes and is no longer affiliated with the Los Angeles Kings. You may try reaching him through the Phoenix Coyotes Hockey Club at: Alltel Ice Den, 9375 E. Bell Road, Scottsdale, AZ 85260. Phone: 480.473.5600 - Fax: 480.473.5699
Wayne Gretzky Monument
Erik Blome is the artist who created the Wayne Gretzky monument located directly in front of the TEAM LA store on Chick Hearn Court (11th Street). The 8-foot-tall bronze figure was unveiled October 9, 2002 - the night Gretzky's famous No. 99 was retired at STAPLES Center. The sculpture is 130% life-sized, sits on a stainless steel base and weighs 1500 pounds. Blome, a lifelong hockey fan, created the monument in his Crystal Lake, IL studio from photographs and videos of “The Great One,” making drawings and a clay study before casting the impressive work at the world famous Shidoni Foundry north of Santa Fe, New Mexico.
Shidoni Foundry, one of the top fine art foundries in the United States, is a 14,000 square foot facility that pours 10,000 pounds of bronze per month.
Hundreds of hours were spent getting everything just right as the artist put aside all other projects to complete the monument in time for the Opening Night Ceremony. The sculpture was made on a tight schedule and Blome ended up trucking it from Santa Fe to downtown Los Angeles himself to meet the deadline.
Blome met Gretzky for the first time the day before he installed the sculpture at STAPLES Center, but he could not talk about the monument, as he did not want to spoil the wonderful surprise unveiling planned for the next night. The sculptor has not been able to get Gretzky's critique of his work, but he was able to watch him on ESPN standing on his work waving to reporters.
Blome has created many hockey players, including the Chicago Blackhawks monument at the United Center, which has six life-size figures (an entire hockey team) skating out of a granite wall emblazoned with every name of every player who has ever played for them on the back. In addition, he did a highly realistic bronze sculpture of Mr. George Graziadio, for the new Graziadio School of Business and Administration at Pepperdine University’s Malibu Campus. To see his other works and read a bio, please visit www.figurativeartstudio.com.
Guests, including law enforcement personnel not present in an official capacity, are prohibited from bringing weapons into the arena. STAPLES Center does not provide weapon lockers. Weapons may not be checked in at Guest Link.
What to Wear to a Kings Game
During hockey games, STAPLES Center is kept at a cool 62-64 degrees. If you are normally cold at this temperature, dress accordingly. In the interest of courtesy to others, STAPLES Center asks that all guests refrain from removing their shirts and becoming topless during an event. STAPLES Center management reserves the right to deny entry to guests wearing clothing items displaying offensive text and/or images. Guests are also prohibited from being barefooted while walking inside the arena.
Where the Media Sit
Members of the Media sit up in the Press Box, which is the highest part of STAPLES Center - above Sections 317, 318 and 319.
Where to Eat in Downtown
Read reviews of local restaurants, find one based on location, pick your favorite cuisine at www.downtownnews.com.
Where to Stay
For a great list of local hotels, please visit the Downtown News’ website at www.downtownnews.com.
Bring your photo ID and the credit card with which you purchased the tickets. The only person who can pick up tickets at Will Call is the name of the person who the tickets are listed under. Always have the name of the person leaving the tickets, the name the tickets are left under, confirmation numbers, and know if the tickets were purchased through the Kings or Ticketmaster.
If you need to change the name tickets are being held under, please make arrangements ahead of the game with your Season Account Representative or directly with the Box Office. You will need to fax a written request to the Box Office at 213.742.7285 and will need to call the Operator at 213.742.7340 to make them aware you are sending a fax.
Tip: Show up early and remember that you can pick up tickets all day long, you don’t have to wait until just before the game starts.
Zamboni Ice Resurfacing
Since the early 1940s, Frank Zamboni had an idea. Now, more than 50 years later, his name is synonymous with the machine he invented. Back then, resurfacing the ice meant pulling a scraper behind a tractor, shaving the surface. Three or four workers would scoop away the shavings, spray water over the surface, squeegee it clean and allow the water to freeze -- a process that took more than an hour.
For Frank, it was a puzzle to be solved: how could he make a good sheet of ice in a short period of time? It wasn't long before he began engineering a machine that would make the task of ice-resurfacing fast and efficient. And the concept of the Zamboni ice resurfacer was born. Zamboni’s machines resurfaced the ice at the “Original Six” NHL arenas starting in the early 1950s and have long served as the equipment of choice for the world's premiere hockey organization.
The first NHL team to purchase the Zamboni ice resurfacer was the Boston Bruins. Their machine, number E21, was delivered in July of 1954. This machine has been restored and is on display at the Hockey Hall of Fame in Toronto, Canada. In February 2002, the Zamboni Company was named the Official Ice Resurfacer of the National Hockey League. For more information, visit the Zamboni online at www.zamboni.com.
Season Ticket Holders and sponsors can arrange to ride the Zamboni during intermissions. For more information, please contact 1.888.KINGS.LA.ce Center on te