Staples Center Tips Thank You Roundup

Staples Center

A few weeks ago I had the good fortune to get invited to a corporate suite at a Laker game. Since I am a huge basketball fan, this was a must see. Although the purple and gold are battling for their playoff lives, let’s hope for the best. It hasn’t been easy to watch at times, but thankfully here are some tips for you if you ever need to visit the Staples Center.

Go Metro

Rather than fight Friday rush hour traffic, I drove myself to the nearest Metro park and ride station. Things have changed since I last rode Metro a year ago. You’re required to use a TAP (transit access pass) card and paper tickets are no longer sold. Since I left my TAP at home, I needed to buy a new one for a dollar. This move makes it harder for people to get a free ride as the turnstile opens when you swipe your TAP. In the past, riders could just board the Metro with the fear of ticket inspection the only prevention to getting a free ride. The good news is I didn’t have to stress about traffic and I even enjoyed a little nap.

Shop for Parking

You can pre-pay for Staples Center parking for $20. As you drive farther away, you will notice the parking prices dropping from $15 to $10. If you don’t mind walking a few blocks, you can save yourself a whopping 75% and pay just $5.

Staples Center Cuisine

Part of the perks that come with the corporate suite is the mouthwatering food. We enjoyed barbecued pulled pork, tacos, wraps, and pastas for the main course. We were topped off with an open bar and decadent cakes. The Staples food preparation team spared no expense. Since the Lakers were playing the Wizards and winning handily for three quarters, I have to admit the food became the main attraction.

Staples Center Suite

Final Thoughts

If you can beat traffic, I recommend getting to the game early so you can experience Cirque Du So-Lakers. When the Lakers’ starting five is announced it was a sight to behold. The place went dark, music blared, lights shown bright, and Lakers highlights flashed by on a giant circular screen that extended from the roof to center court. It was glorious. Now if they could just sneak into the playoffs. The Kiss Cam is always fun as you see couples of all ages acting like giddy lovebirds. The whole place would erupt in laughter if the Kiss Cam accidentally captured two people who weren’t together. The Laker Girls mesmerized the crowd with their dance numbers. Apparently the Laker Girls are available for sponsorship. During one number, they changed to Carl’s Jr. costumes. After their routine, the announcer boomed, “Brought to you by Carl’s Jr!”

Finally, visiting the Staples Center gives you a glimpse of how the 1% lives. You could be rubbing elbows with A List celebrities and with all the security and ushers around, there is a velvet rope feel. The vendor I visited slapped two suites together. All told, they must have dropped 10 grand for the evening. That number boggles my mind, but if they sign a large contract or sale, the Staples Center marketing fee is a drop in the bucket. Must be nice.

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6 Responses

  1. krantcents says:

    Did the Lakers win? I can’t believe they lost to the Clippers over the weekend. The basketball dynasty is changing!

  2. Sounds like you had a heck of an experience. I mostly follow college, I can’t remember the last time I watched an NBA game.

  3. Arlee Bird says:

    I got to be in one of those corporate suites one time but it was for the women’s basketball (I forget the name of the L.A. Team??). It was fun, but I don’t remember the game at all.

    When I went to the Blogworld event I took the Metro Rail and was so glad that I did. Just as convenient and much cheaper.

    An A to Z Co-Host
    Tossing It Out

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