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Staples Center Basketball Seating Chart - Los Angeles Lakers, Los Angeles Clippers

The Staples Center, located in the heart of Los Angeles, is one of the busiest arenas in North America and is the only arena to host three professional teams under the same roof; the Los Angeles Lakers (NBA), Los Angeles Clippers (NBA) and Los Angeles Kings (NHL). The Staples Center has been home to the three teams since 1999 when it first opened. With the Staples Center hosting so many events each year, we wanted to dissect the Staples Center seating chart to give fans a better idea about the sections and arena’s layout before purchasing tickets. We’ll start with the coveted courtside seats for basketball games.

Future Site of the Las Vegas Raiders Stadium

Both Las Vegas, Nevada and Los Angeles, California have NFL stadiums that are due to open at the beginning of the 2020 NFL season. The Los Angeles stadium was originally slated to open in 2019 and will be home to both the Los Angeles Rams and Los Angeles Chargers. However, the NFL, Los Angeles Rams owner Stan Kroenke and his ownership group delayed the stadium’s open date due to the site flooding earlier this year. It appears as if the Oakland Raiders could find themselves in the same spot with a flood-control channel underneath the stadium site that needs to be relocated.

The Air Canada Centre, Home of the Toronto Raptors 

Canadian banking giant Scotiabank has purchased the naming rights to Toronto’s Air Canada Centre; home of the NBA’s Toronto Raptors and NHL’s Toronto Maple Leafs. The deal is worth a reported $800 million over 20 years or $40 million per season.  The agreement is the largest naming rights agreement in NHL history. Barclays, another multinational bank, pays a similar price for the naming rights to the Barclays Center, home of the New York Islanders.

Petco Park, Home of the San Diego Padres

With Ticketmaster (Live Nation Entertainment) holding a virtual monopoly on the primary ticket market in the United States, Reuters is now reporting that Amazon Inc. is considering entering the event and ticketing industry. Ticketmaster has received plenty of negative feedback over the years with it’s excessive fees that get tacked on to each purchase. Amazon has stated that those fees would be included in their ticket prices with no surprise fees upon checkout. Amazon has already shown traction in the ticketing industry for select events in Great Britain with their brand Amazon Tickets.

Standing Room Only area at the Golden 1 Center, Home of the Sacramento Kings 

For only $15 per home game or $645 per season, Sacramento Kings fans will be able to become season ticket holders by purchasing the new Standing Room Season Pass. The pass allows fans to view the game from any of the standing room only area inside the Golden 1 Center. Fans will be able to watch games from the Junction by Bud Light (adjacent to Sierra Nevada Draught House) which offers high top tables and stools. For two home games each season, Standing Room Season Pass holders will be automatically upgraded to lower level seats.

American Airlines Center, Home of the Dallas Mavericks and Stars

The American Airlines Center, home of the NBA’s Dallas Mavericks and NHL’s Dallas Stars, will continue to roll out it’s premium seating options for fans with the addition of “The Lofts”. The arena already has implemented similar premium seating options in the past with the Service King Lounge Theatre Boxes and CyrusOne Club Loge Boxes. Like the other theatre-style boxes, The Lofts will be seen as the perfect opportunity for small to medium sized businesses in the Dallas area to entertain important clients and business contacts.

Metlife Stadium Seating Chart

Metlife Stadium has been home to the New York Giants and New York Jets since 2010 and is the largest stadium in the National Football League. At the moment, it is the only stadium in the NFL that is home to two teams. Los Angeles will become home to the second stadium to host two teams (Los Angeles Rams, Los Angeles Chargers) when their new stadium opens in 2020.

Empty Seats at SunTrust Park, Home of the Atlanta Braves 

Nathan Hubbard, former CEO of Ticketmaster and a contributor for The Ringer, recently wrote an interesting article detailing the end of sports fans purchasing season tickets for their favorite team. Hubbard, a former season ticket holder of both the Los Angeles Clippers and Washington Redskins found out just how hard it can be to unload tickets on the secondary ticket market privately. More than half way through the article, you finally catch on to what Hubbard is revealing.

Globe Life Park, Home of the Texas Rangers

The Texas Rangers and Globe Life Insurance have extended their naming rights agreement through the 2048 MLB season. When 2048 rolls around, the agreement will have become one of the longest running naming rights agreements in professional sports history. The Texas Rangers will begin playing at their new home ballpark in 2020 and the stadium will be called Globe Life Field.

Ybor City in Tampa Bay, Florida

Hillsborough County Commissioner Ken Hagan has all but confirmed the Channel District-Ybor City area as the future site of the Tampa Bay Rays’ home stadium. At the moment, the county is trying to acquire the land from multiple landowners which has been the largest obstacle. The next biggest obstacle is how the team will fund the stadium’s construction while not relying too heavily on the local taxpayers for the revenue.

University of Phoenix Stadium, Home of the Arizona Cardinals

The Arizona Cardinals are implementing two phases of upgrades to University of Phoenix Stadium to ensure that their fans continue to receive the ultimate NFL experience on Sundays. The most recent upgrades were made to the club area of the stadium; a $28 million venture.

Chase Field Infield, Home of the Arizona Diamondbacks

The Arizona Diamondbacks and the Maricopa County Stadium District are going to arbitration over which party is responsible for the $187 million in needed repairs at Chase Field in downtown Phoenix. A Maricopa County judge has ruled in favor of the county after the Arizona Diamondbacks filed a lawsuit against them over the unfunded repairs. The case will now be sent to an independent panel that will handle the matter privately.

View of the Playing Field from the Upper Level of Suntrust Park in Atlanta, Georgia

When we first heard that the Atlanta Braves were lobbying for a brand new stadium a few years back, we laughed. Turner Field wasn’t even 20 years old although it was widely considered a less than stellar ballpark compared to the rest of the league. This weekend our staff was excited to visit and review Suntrust Park, home of the Atlanta Braves, during the stadium’s inaugural season. The Braves were hosting the Cincinnati Reds.

The Forum in Inglewood, California 

With the Los Angeles Rams and Los Angeles Chargers moving into a $2 billion stadium in Inglewood in three years, the Los Angeles Clippers are also interested in building a new arena in the same area. Two months ago, Inglewood, California’s city council approved of a three-year negotiation period between the city and the Los Angeles Clippers in regards to constructing the arena. In fact, the Clippers paid a $1.5 million deposit to cover expenses during the negotiation period. That same city council is now pondering a vote that would shrink the plot of land that the Los Angeles Clippers would be able to build on after push back from area residents.

Yawkey Way outside of Fenway Park in Boston, Massachusetts

Boston Red Sox owner John Henry has decided to ride the current wave of political correctness in the United States and has called for the renaming of Yawkey Way outside of Fenway Park. According to Henry, he is haunted by the Yawkey family’s history of racial intolerance. This, of course, comes 15 years after Henry first purchased the Boston Red Sox.

Home Run Sculpture at Marlins Park in Miami, Florida

The tacky home run sculpture in Marlins Park’s left field is under fire from the team’s new ownership group. The group, headed by former New York Yankees great Derek Jeter and Florida businessman Bruce Sherman, have purchased the Miami Marlins from Jeffrey Loria at a sale price of $1.2 billion.

Paul Brown Stadium Seating Chart 

Paul Brown Stadium’s seating chart is very easy to understand and navigate as a fan. The stadium is one of the most symmetrical stadiums in the National Football League and has only three levels of seats; the lower level (100’s), the club level and upper end zone (200’s) and the upper level (300’s). Paul Brown Stadium has been home to the Cincinnati Bengals since 2000 and is a beautiful open-aired stadium on the banks of the Ohio River.

Stubhub Center Seating Chart, Home of the Los Angeles Chargers 

The Stubhub Center will serve as the temporary home stadium of the Los Angeles Chargers until the 2020 NFL season when they move into their $2.6 billion stadium in Inglewood. During that time, the venue will be known as the smallest stadium in the National Football League with a capacity of only 27,000 seats. With such a small capacity, the Stubhub Center will offer one of the most intimate viewing experiences in the NFL. The Los Angeles Chargers have spent $10 million to bring the stadium up to NFL standards. The Stubhub Center is located in Carson, California, was previously known as the Home Depot Center and is also home to Major League Soccer’s Los Angeles Galaxy.

Fedex Forum Interior, Home of the Memphis Grizzlies

FedexForum, home of the Memphis Grizzlies, are currently adding a new high definition scoreboard as well as four large video displays in the corners of the arena. These upgrades are expected to be complete in time for the beginning of the 2017-2018 NBA season. At the moment, FedexForum is the only NBA arena that doesn’t offer high definition video technology for their fans.

Capital One Arena, Home of the Washington Capitals and Washington Wizards

The Verizon Center, home of the Washington Wizards and Washington Capitals, is changing it’s name to Capital One Arena effective immediately. The venue, located in D.C.’s Chinatown, first opened as the MCI Center in 1997 and changed names after MCI was acquired by Verizon in 2006. The official dollar amount of the naming rights agreement is unknown to the public. Bloomberg News claims that the new naming rights deal is for 10 years and exceeds $100 million.

Exterior View of Shake Shack

Shake Shack is a New York City fast food restaurant that specializes in “roadside burgers”, milkshakes and crinkle-cut fries. As it turns out, one Shake Shack wasn’t enough for the city of Baltimore. The Baltimore Ravens are now bringing Shake Shack to M&T Bank Stadium, much to the enjoyment of their fans. The Ravens debuted Shake Shack on Thursday when they hosted their first preseason game vs. the Washington Redskins.