Let’s Go to the Staples Center
The Staples Center is located in downtown Los Angeles near the Financial District. Freeway exits from CA-110 and I-10 make accessibility to the arena easy, but just like anywhere else in L.A., plan for some traffic. The arena is primarily the 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 Staples Center has hosted music acts including Stevie Wonder, Ed Sheeran, The Killers, and Tim McGraw meaning there’s bound to be a concert for everyone’s taste. 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.
The interior of the arena is full of options for food and drinks, so don’t worry if you forgot to eat before the show. You can visit any of the concession stands, or 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.
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Staples Center Facts
Walk-ability Score: 8/10*
The Best Seats at the Staples Center:
The sheer size of the arena means there are options for every budget. If you want an up-close experience and you don’t mind the hefty price tag, we recommend any of the floor seats. Sections 1-3 are directly in front of the stage, and they are the best seats available.
If you want a little distance between you and the stage, check out sections 110-111 and 102-103. You still have a great view of the performance, the sound is incredible, and you can leave the concert still able to hear out of both ears.
If you want the most affordable seats at the Staples Center, you’ll want to look at the upper-deck options like sections 301-304. You lose out on the live, close-up views of the performance but the sound quality is still good, and the arena provides large screens, so you can keep up with what’s on stage.
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. No bags over 14”x14”x6” are allowed which includes baby bags. Also, there is no coat check or area for personal belongings, so be prepared to carry everything you bring in the entire time. For a full list of security policies, you can visit the A-Z Guide on the Staples Center website.
- Parking: The Staples Center 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.
The Area Around the Staples Center:
The arena sits in a very busy section of downtown Los Angeles. There are other concert venues, restaurants, and the L.A. Convention Center right next door. Be prepared for a lot of people before and after your event, but don’t let that discourage you from coming early and staying late.
The Staples Center is part of a massive entertainment complex known as L.A. LIVE where you’re only steps away from fine dining, entertainment, and even the 54-story “headquarters” hotel which combines a Mariott hotel property and the Ritz-Carlton Luxury Condominiums.
Hotels Near the Staples Center:
The Staples Center 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 is 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.
Top Restaurants Near the Staples Center
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. Learn more about what they have to offer here on their website.
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!
Shopping and other Attractions Near the Staples Center:
The Staples Center 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 Staples Center.*The Staples Center’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 mean 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 Staples Center gets a 9/10 for Walk-ability.