Staples Center Rumors
“The Lakers organization is extremely pleased to be able to partner with AEG and the County of Los Angeles to open up STAPLES Center to provide a safe and easily accessible location for people to vote,” said Jeanie Buss, Lakers Governor. “For our democracy to function, all citizens need to be able to vote in a secure and safe way – and we’re very happy to be able to play our part in ensuring that they can.”
The LA Clippers’ proposed new basketball arena cleared a critical hurdle Tuesday, when the Inglewood (California) City Council unanimously approved the environmental impact report for the Inglewood Basketball and Entertainment Center. The vote is a major milestone in the approval process for the Clippers’ arena. The franchise’s project to build a sprawling campus that will include the team’s corporate office, practice facility and outdoor plaza plans to break ground in the summer of 2021. The arena is slated to open for the start of the 2024-25 season after the Clippers’ lease at Staples Center expires. “We’re so excited to get our new arena project across the finish line in Inglewood,” Clippers owner Steve Ballmer said in a video presentation to the City Council. “… I want to boldly tell you our vision for this arena: We want to simply make it the single greatest place in the world for basketball, a basketball palace with no peer. We want to make sure that we are giving back to our community and to being great citizens here in Inglewood.”
Staples Center is one of the largest entertainment venues in Los Angeles, and as the city gets closer to Phase 4 of reopening, the arena is seeking accreditation on COVID-19 cleaning protocols. Phase 4 of the “Roadmap to Recovery” affects all entertainment venues where large groups gather, and are considered to be “highest risk.”
LA Mayor Garcetti spoke on television to address the COVID-19 pandemic today. Within the press conference was the topic of what to do with the overwhelming amount of COVID-19 patients. “We’ve looked at sports venues,” Garcetti said. “I want to thank the sports teams, I had a conference call with all of our LA sports teams. No matter who you root for, everyone was united when it came to COVID-19.” Sports venues includes places like: Staples Center, Dodger Stadium, and Banc of California Stadium. Fortunately for the city of Los Angeles, there are a plethora major sports teams, meaning there’s a variety of space. However, Mayor Garcetti is open to any big venues that are capable of housing hospital patients. It could even be somewhere like the LA Convention Center. “We will use whatever spaces and places,” Garcetti said.
Ohm Youngmisuk: A coalition of LA pro sports teams — Lakers, Clippers, Kings — and Staples Center have joined together to provide financial support to pay 2,800 hourly event employees while the NBA and NHL remaining regular season games are halted at Staples Center.