Sports Arena History

The Los Angeles Memorial Sports Arena opened its doors to the public in July of 1959, hosting a bantamweight boxing title match between Jose Becerra and Alphonse Halimi and began what has become six decades of sporting and entertainment events. 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.

Among the many notable events that have taken place at the Sports Arena are the 1960 Democratic National Convention where John F. Kennedy was nominated for President, two NCAA Basketball Championships (men in 1968, women in 1992), NBA Championship series between the LA Lakers and the Boston Celtics (1962, 1963, 1965, 1966), an NBA All-Star Game (1963), the boxing competition for the XXIIIrd Olympiad, 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 concerts at the Sports Arena have included Bruce Springsteen, Green Day, the Killers, U2, Michael Jackson, Madonna, Black Sabbath and countless other national and internationally known artists.