The Lakers played at the Great Western Forum from 1967 to 1999. The last five Lakers championships (2000, 2001, 2002, 2009, 2010) have been earned while the team has called the $407 million Staples Center home. Several of the team's retired jerseys are on display at the arena, including those of Jerry West, Wilt Chamberlain, Earvin "Magic" Johnson, Kareem Abdul-Jabbar, Shaquille O'Neal and broadcaster Chick Hearn. L.A. Live is a 4-million-square-foot sports, residential and entertainment district adjacent to the arena and the Los Angeles Convention Center. In 2012, the arena hosted three playoff teams -- the Kings, Clippers and Lakers -- for the first time. Outside the arena are statues of Wayne Gretzky and Magic Johnson and Kareem Abdul-Jabbar, although all three sports icons played at the Great Western Forum -- where the Kings, Lakers and Sparks previously played. Other statues include boxer Oscar De La Hoya, Jerry West and longtime announcer Chick Hearn.
1111 S. Figueroa St. Los Angeles, CA 90015
US 101 southbound: South To 110 South/Pasadena Freeway. Exit toward Harbor Freeway/San Pedro. Exit at Olympic Boulevard and turn left to 11th Street. Continue straight to the West Hall Convention Center Parking Structure.
405 northbound: North to 110 North toward Los Angeles. Take 10W (toward Los Angeles). Take 110N and exit at Pico Boulevard. Continue north past Pico Boulevard (on Cherry Street) to 11th Street and turn right into the West Hall Convention Center Parking Structure.
I-10 eastbound: Take 101 North to 110 South toward San Pedro and exit at Olympic Boulevard. Turn left at the first traffic light (11th Street) and continue to the West Hall Convention Center Parking Structure.
110 southbound: I-5 South To 110 South/Pasadena Freeway. Exit toward Los Angeles. Exit at Olympic Boulevard and turn left to 11th Street. Turn left onto 11th Street and continue straight to the West Hall Convention Center Parking Structure.
Rates generally range from $10 to $25. For more specific event information, call (213) 742-7275. Prepaid parking is available through Staples Center's box office and Ticketmaster outlets. The next time you purchase an event ticket in advance, you also can purchase a parking space. For a map of Staples Center parking lots click the website.
Metro Rail and Metro Buses provide service to the arena. Visit the Los Angeles County Metropolitan Transportation Authority website or call (323) 466-3876 or (800) 252-9040 (for hearing impaired). For the City of Los Angeles Department of Transportation (LADOT/DASH/Commuter Express), call 808-2273 (no area code required).