Staples Center Rumors
The Lakers are leaving longtime drink sponsor Gatorade and have signed a multi-year sponsorship deal with BioSteel to serve as “The Official Sports Drink of the Los Angeles Lakers.” The sponsorship, according to the release, “includes BioSteel Sports Drink on the Lakers team bench and integration of the BioSteel brand into the team bench set ups, locker room displays and in-arena signage” at Staples Center.
Ohm Youngmisuk: Ty Lue is hoping for a sold-out and raucous Staples Center for first time all season. Up until now, Clippers have only had limited capacity due to health restrictions. Lue felt Clips were at a disadvantage playing at packed Dallas and Utah so far.
The Clippers on Friday can accomplish something never done in franchise history, in front of a home crowd not seen in 15 months. A win in Game 6 against top-seeded Utah would clinch their first appearance in the conference finals. The game will be played in front of a Staples Center crowd whose capacity is no longer restricted after statewide COVID-19 regulations were lifted Tuesday. The arena had hosted a maximum of 8,000 spectators for Game 4 on Monday; full capacity is closer to 19,000.
Those in attendance must still abide by arena protocols, including wearing a mask when not eating or drinking. In an email to fans, the Clippers said spectators are required to attest to being either fully vaccinated — with their last shot of either the Pfizer, Moderna or Johnson & Johnson vaccines coming at least two weeks before — or attest to a negative PCR or antigen test taken within 72 hours.
Andrew Greif: When the Clippers and Mavericks play Game 1 tomorrow in Staples Center, the arena’s capacity will be raised to close to 7,000, per the Clippers. That’s the max they can sell, per local regulations. The rest of the seats will be filled with cardboard cutouts of fans.