AKA: LA Sports Arena, Exposition Park, Los Angeles, CA

Structure Type: built works - recreation areas and structures - arenas

Designers: Becket, Welton D., and Associates, Architects (firm); Welton David Becket (architect)

Dates: constructed 1958-1959

3939 South Figueroa Street
Los Angeles, CA 90037-1200

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The Los Angeles Sports Arena, erected on a plot in Exposition Park, opened on 07/04/1959 with a bantamweight boxing title fight between Jose Becerra and Alphonse Halimi; the building cost $7 million to erect and was publicly funded; it seated 16,021, with two luxury suites; the LA Memorial Sports Arena web site noted that it seated "over 15,000" in 2011. (See "Sports Arena History,"Accessed 05/10/2011.) The following teams played here: Los Angeles Kings (NHL), 1967; Los Angeles Sharks (WHA), 1972-1974; Los Angeles Lakers (NBA), 1960-1967; Los Angeles Blades (WHL); Los Angeles Clippers (NBA), 1984-1999; the University of Southern California basketball team continued to play here in 2005; phone: (213) 748-6136 (2005);

PCAD id: 4462