Sports Arena History

The Los Angeles Sports Arena opened its doors to the public in July of 1959, hosting a bantamweight boxing title match between Jose Becerra and Alphonse Halimi. Featuring a capacity of over 15,000, the Sports Arena plays host to a variety of events throughout the year, including mainstream and Hispanic concerts, religious events, and frequent other cultural and musical events. It is also the site of frequent commercial and feature film shoots.

SPORTS ARENA AT THE FIGHTS_cBantamweight Boxing Title Match: Jose Becerra and Alphonse Halimi, 1959

Among the many notable events that have taken place at the Sports Arena are the boxing competition for the XXIIIrd Olympiad, two NCAA Basketball Champions (men in 1968, women in 1992), numerous NBA Championship series, an NBA All-Star Game (1963); the 1960 Democratic National Convention where John F. Kennedy was nominated for President and countless memorable concerts.

The Los Angeles Lakers called the Sports Arena home upon moving to Los Angeles from their native Minneapolis (from 1960-67, NBA), as did the Clippers (from San Diego, 1984-99, NBA) USC Basketball (1959-2006, NCAA), UCLA Basketball (1959-65, NCAA), the Cobras (1988, Arena Football), the Kings (1967) the Ice Dogs (1995-96, IHL), the Blades (1961-67, WHL), the Sharks (1972-74, WHA), and the Stars (1968-70, ABA).

Major events at the Sports Arena have included Bruce Springsteen’s most two most recent, sold out Los Angeles performances (April 26th and 27th, 2012), as well as upcoming shows with Green Day (April 18, 2013) and the Killers (May 2, 2013).

The Sports Arena is also the site of frequent Naturalization Ceremonies, where immigrants make their way to the floor of the Arena to take the Oath of Citizenship, as well as featured in many commercial, television and feature film productions.

SPORTS ARENA MAIN ENTRANCE 1960s_aThe Los Angeles Memorial Sports Arena opened in July of 1959