Best Seats at the Arena

Where to Sit at the Arena

The Arena is located in downtown Los Angeles near the Financial District. Proximity to the freeways makes accessibility to the arena easy, but just like anywhere else in L.A., plan for some traffic. The arena is the permanent home for several professional sports teams. The NBA’s Lakers and Clippers, the NHL’s Kings, and the WNBA’s Sparks all play their home games. It also features one of the country’s best event lineups. The Arena has hosted music acts including Stevie Wonder, Ed Sheeran, Bruce SpringsteenRage Against the Machine, Twenty One Pilots, BTS, and Tim McGraw meaning there’s bound to be a concert for everyone’s taste. Once known as the Staples Center, the Arena will provide you all the same great entertainment and then some.

The arena has also hosted other high-profile events like The Grammy Awards and several national sports championships making it one of the country’s premier venues. For a unique experience, grab dinner at the City View Terrace, a one-of-a-kind outdoor seating venue with spectacular views of the Los Angeles skyline. Arena Facts

  • Location: Los Angeles, CA
  • Capacity: 21,000
  • Walkability Score: 8/10*

Where to Sit

For Sporting Events: As with any ticket purchase, where to sit boils down to budget vs. want. Everyone wants to sit courtside and yell at the players, but few people get that opportunity. Let’s be more realistic.

If you’re ready to spend some big bucks and impress your company, sections Premier 4-6 are right behind the player benches and come in as some of the best seats in the house. If you want to be close to the action, it doesn’t get any better.

For a great view of the action with a substantially cheaper price tag, look to seats in Premier 5 and Premier 14. The seats are back far enough from the court for a lower price, but being center-court provides the best views.

Family outings have always been an integral part of sports, so if you’re ready to bring the family, try the corner seats in section 114. These seats have easy access without giving up too much of the game experience.

Sometimes, you want to go to the game, but the only focus is the price. That’s fine too! You can find inexpensive tickets when you look in the right places and search for the right times. We recommend sections 309-311. These upper-level seats clock in as some of the cheapest in the arena.

If floor seats or courtside seats are what you are after be ready to pay a heavy premium for the experience.

For Concerts: Almost everyone agrees that the best place to enjoy a concert is on the floor right in front of the stage. If being on the floor is not your cup of tea, you can find a head-on view of the stage from sections 105-107. Just like with the sports seats, keep your budget in mind when looking at the head-on tickets.

In Arena, the best options for a mix of price and views of the stage are sections 111-112, 101, and 119. You get a blend of good proximity to the stage, excellent sound quality, and of course, much easier access in and out of your seats.

Pushing further back to sections 308-311, you’ll find some of the cheapest tickets without sacrificing the great views. If the price is your biggest concern, we suggest starting there and working your way around the upper deck to find the seats you want.

What To Expect When You Arrive

Security and Bag Policy:  All attendees are subject to metal detector screening, visual inspection, and a thorough bag inspection at the entrance. Bags over 14”x14”x6” are not allowed. For a full list of policies and what to expect, see the A-Z help page on the arena’s website.

Parking: The Arena offers three garages. One is self-park and can range from a flat fee of $10-$30 while the other two garages are valet parked and can range anywhere from $30-$40 depending on how long you stay. There are traditional parking lots located further away, but prices vary from lot to lot and event to event.

Top Restaurants Near the Arena

If you’re looking for great food before or after your event, look no further than the L.A. LIVE complex. For a family-friendly experience, Live Basil Pizza offers the freshest pizzas made to order right in front of you and won’t break the bank. Their philosophy is Simple Pricing, Simple Menu, ordering Simple Ordering. Perfect for the whole family.

For a more upscale and trendy setting, Katsuya was voted “the best sushi restaurant in Southern California.” The trendy sushi hotspot features innovative Japanese cuisine paired with premium mixology for a total dining experience.

If neither of our recommendations sounds like your kind of place, check out L.A. LIVE’s full list of places to eat. It’s hard to go wrong at any of these locations, and since they’re only a few steps away from the Arena, you can’t beat the location!

The Arena only provides a few options within walking distance, and none of them are cheap. If you want to pull out all the stops for your experience, the JW Marriott Los Angeles LA LIVE and Residence Inn Los Angeles LA LIVE are both within walking distance, have amenities galore, and sport the highest customer ratings in the area.

There are also some great, affordable options nearby. We recommend the O Hotel a modern, chic boutique hotel located about a half-mile away from the arena. The hotel is small, but it features an excellent spa and a trendy restaurant/bar. With a price tag around 1/3 less than the closer hotels, the O Hotel is a great option.

A little further away, The Mayfair and Hotel Solaire hotels are highly recommended three-star hotels that won’t break the bank and are close enough to offer decent access to public transportation or a short cab ride to the arena. You can learn more about current deals and what to expect on their websites.

Shopping and other Attractions Near the Arena:

The Arena is also only steps away from other great attractions. If you want to arrive a little early, we highly recommend The Grammy Museum. This massive tribute to all things music is a must-see for any music fan. Exhibits include a Songwriters Hall of Fame gallery, Culture Shock, and Enduring Traditions among other amazing sights and more importantly, sounds.

L.A. LIVE features other great entertainment options like a 14-screen movie theater and the Microsoft venues that are sure to help you fill up the rest of your trip. Of course, all of downtown L.A. is at your disposal and only a short drive away from the Arena.

*The Arena’s proximity to L.A. LIVE puts all kinds of dining and entertainment only steps away, but the severe lack of lodging options close by means you’ll probably need a vehicle to get there. Overall, you can enjoy most of your stay within walking distance of the arena, so the Arena gets a 9/10 for Walk-ability.

The well-known Staples Center is now the Arena. This is your chance to go check out some of the best sporting events and concerts with the best seats in the building. Always consider your budget, but remember how much your experience will improve with some of the better seats.


Written by Ticket Man

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