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01-22-2011, 12:37 AM
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Staples Center and LA Live Rocks!

I couldn't find the right thread to post this in but please feel free to move this if necessary.

Yesterday was my 1st ever time at SC and LA Live and I am very impressed with what I saw and experenced.

I rode into the LA area from SD Thursday morning with a buddy of mine and spent part of the day in Torrence and Redondo Beach before checking into the Millenimum Biltmore within 1 mile of the arena. Took the Dash F line for 35 cents and got dropped off right near SC.

Checked in early and had a few drinks and a great buffett at the San Manuel Club. The chicken, prime rib, and fish are to die for along with the helpful servings of Egg and Veggie Fried Rice and shirmp and rice in a cheese sauce. Also the junkyard dog at 7.75 was big and great too. I spent over 70 dollars at the game including buying a pint glass at team LA located right next to the door for access to the suites and clubs.

Took lots of great pictures including the warm up and the banners hanging up on the wall.

After the game I walked around LA Live and saw plenty.

ESPN Zone with Sports Center being projected on the building just like the advertisements at the Ritz Hotel(A tall building too). Great Memorbilla inside and out as well.

Had a Cherry Wheat at Yardhouse which the one at LA live in bigger than the one in Glendale AZ.

A shame though I didnt get a chance to go bowling there or see the Grammy museum.

I an very impressed overall and I want to visit again soon. I hoping for either the game in March or April.

Do you guys have any ideas on what I can do to enhance any future experences to a game there and more in the future?

Also I hope to see the Lakers play there one day as well.

Thanks again and please check out a game in AZ sometime if you havent been to AZ for a game before.

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The area around Staples is basically unrecognizable from what it was 10 years ago. AEG knows entertainment, that's for sure.

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Next time you come, walk north east to the historic downtown district. There you will find an ecclectic mix of bars, restaurants and art galleries that are sure to amuse (and get you wasted). Don't go too far east though, you'll end up in skid row giving hand jobs for crack.

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Next time you come, walk north east to the historic downtown district. There you will find an ecclectic mix of bars, restaurants and art galleries that are sure to amuse (and get you wasted). Don't go too far east though, you'll end up in skid row giving hand jobs for crack.

If you're interested I can give you a list of places I highly recommend.
Maybe he likes giving handjobs . .

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Next time you come, walk north east to the historic downtown district. There you will find an ecclectic mix of bars, restaurants and art galleries that are sure to amuse (and get you wasted). Don't go too far east though, you'll end up in skid row giving hand jobs for crack.

If you're interested I can give you a list of places I highly recommend.
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I couldn't find the right thread to post this in but please feel free to move this if necessary.

Yesterday was my 1st ever time at SC and LA Live and I am very impressed with what I saw and experenced.

I rode into the LA area from SD Thursday morning with a buddy of mine and spent part of the day in Torrence and Redondo Beach before checking into the Millenimum Biltmore within 1 mile of the arena. Took the Dash F line for 35 cents and got dropped off right near SC.

Checked in early and had a few drinks and a great buffett at the San Manuel Club. The chicken, prime rib, and fish are to die for along with the helpful servings of Egg and Veggie Fried Rice and shirmp and rice in a cheese sauce. Also the junkyard dog at 7.75 was big and great too. I spent over 70 dollars at the game including buying a pint glass at team LA located right next to the door for access to the suites and clubs.

Took lots of great pictures including the warm up and the banners hanging up on the wall.

After the game I walked around LA Live and saw plenty.

ESPN Zone with Sports Center being projected on the building just like the advertisements at the Ritz Hotel(A tall building too). Great Memorbilla inside and out as well.

Had a Cherry Wheat at Yardhouse which the one at LA live in bigger than the one in Glendale AZ.

A shame though I didnt get a chance to go bowling there or see the Grammy museum.

I an very impressed overall and I want to visit again soon. I hoping for either the game in March or April.

Do you guys have any ideas on what I can do to enhance any future experences to a game there and more in the future?

Also I hope to see the Lakers play there one day as well.

Thanks again and please check out a game in AZ sometime if you havent been to AZ for a game before.
I think the area around Jobing.com Arena (Westgate?) is equal to L.A. Live if not better.

I liked how the parking was free there, they have a nice movie theater, a MacFarland figurine store, and a Johnny Rockets if you want to eat without spending a fortune. The other restaurants are great as well. Yardhouse, Margaritaville, etc.

However, I did not like the arena itself. It was strange how the four corners are basically giant columns. Maybe it wasn't built for hockey? Oh and that ridiculous coyote howl has got to go. Even the Ducks knew when to drop the duck kazoos.

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The area around Staples has really changed in 5 years. Back in 2005/2006, LA Live was just beginning construction. Now it's a matter of what can't you do.

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I used to live in Glendale...is Dazzo's still there?

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The area around Staples has really changed in 5 years. Back in 2005/2006, LA Live was just beginning construction. Now it's a matter of what can't you do.
It's still a trip for me to see the huge Ritz/Marriott tower and everything underneath where it used to just be parking lots.

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I think the area around Jobing.com Arena (Westgate?) is equal to L.A. Live if not better.

I liked how the parking was free there, they have a nice movie theater, a MacFarland figurine store, and a Johnny Rockets if you want to eat without spending a fortune. The other restaurants are great as well. Yardhouse, Margaritaville, etc.

However, I did not like the arena itself. It was strange how the four corners are basically giant columns. Maybe it wasn't built for hockey? Oh and that ridiculous coyote howl has got to go. Even the Ducks knew when to drop the duck kazoos.
The arena was built for hockey considering that when the Coyotes used to play in Downtown Phoenix there was limited view seating in the upper levels. At Jobing.com Arena there is no limited view and plenty of standing room only spots all around the top of the arena. The 4 courners are actually tower suites but yes i would like too see the banner moved so more seating can come available.

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It's still a trip for me to see the huge Ritz/Marriott tower and everything underneath where it used to just be parking lots.
I wanted to stay at either hotel but the minimum to do so was $300 a night. Not much of a better deal even if I booked a flight and room package.

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It's still a trip for me to see the huge Ritz/Marriott tower and everything underneath where it used to just be parking lots.
Same here, so strange. It's like remembering that Disneyland parking lot is now where California Adventure resides.

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It's nice that there is something downtown but L.A. Live has to be the least artistic setting I have ever seen. It's basically a series of bright, electronic billboards with rotating ads, a monument to disorienting commercialism devoid of any of the sort of beauty you'd see in a traditional downtown anywhere in the world. I don't mean to single it out completely--Times Square in New York City, the Gran Via in Madrid, even parts of Berlin are the same--but to me it's hard to walk through (and I do it 41 times a year now).

The ice skating rink was cool though!

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It's still a trip for me to see the huge Ritz/Marriott tower and everything underneath where it used to just be parking lots.
And bonus, the parking lots are still there, just underground.

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Same here, so strange. It's like remembering that Disneyland parking lot is now where California Adventure resides.
We're just old, I can remember going to Disneyland early on a weekday and parking less than 50 feet from the main entrance gates. Circa 1975ish.

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can anyone recommend a hotel close to Staples that wont drain my account. Coming into L.A on Feb 26 for the Colorado game, I am pumped. Would like to find one close enough to walk to, shuttle to or cab it to the game.

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can anyone recommend a hotel close to Staples that wont drain my account. Coming into L.A on Feb 26 for the Colorado game, I am pumped. Would like to find one close enough to walk to, shuttle to or cab it to the game.
Check out Hotwire.com They have a great special right now where you can get 4 strt hotels at 2 star prices. I got a room that normally costs over $200 a night for under $100. The catch is in order to get the big discount you need to make the purchace without knowing the name of the hotel until after you made the booking online. I stayed at the Millenium Biltmore which is only 1 mile from Sc and LA Live. The cab ride was also just under $7 as well.

Also try a keyword search for finding hotels near the arena.

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In about 4 years their will be a football stadium where the north hall of the convention center currently stands.

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I couldn't find the right thread to post this in but please feel free to move this if necessary.

Yesterday was my 1st ever time at SC and LA Live and I am very impressed with what I saw and experenced.

I rode into the LA area from SD Thursday morning with a buddy of mine and spent part of the day in Torrence and Redondo Beach before checking into the Millenimum Biltmore within 1 mile of the arena. Took the Dash F line for 35 cents and got dropped off right near SC.

Checked in early and had a few drinks and a great buffett at the San Manuel Club. The chicken, prime rib, and fish are to die for along with the helpful servings of Egg and Veggie Fried Rice and shirmp and rice in a cheese sauce. Also the junkyard dog at 7.75 was big and great too. I spent over 70 dollars at the game including buying a pint glass at team LA located right next to the door for access to the suites and clubs.

Took lots of great pictures including the warm up and the banners hanging up on the wall.

After the game I walked around LA Live and saw plenty.

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Had a Cherry Wheat at Yardhouse which the one at LA live in bigger than the one in Glendale AZ.

A shame though I didnt get a chance to go bowling there or see the Grammy museum.

I an very impressed overall and I want to visit again soon. I hoping for either the game in March or April.

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Also I hope to see the Lakers play there one day as well.

Thanks again and please check out a game in AZ sometime if you havent been to AZ for a game before.
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I love Arizona, went out to a game at jobing last year, as other have said just a cool arena and nice area around it.

Will be out there in a few weeks for Spring Training, always one of the highlights of my year. Phoenix is perfect during the times of year everyone else calls "fall" and "winter" , but man are those summers nasty.

And as others have said, the area around Staples has come quite a long way since they first opened the building in 1999. It used to be get in and get out as quickly as possible. Now you can actually get there early, grab a nice meal, walk around and then hang out after.

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can anyone recommend a hotel close to Staples that wont drain my account. Coming into L.A on Feb 26 for the Colorado game, I am pumped. Would like to find one close enough to walk to, shuttle to or cab it to the game.
You can take the metro very close to the stadium, just as close as any reasonably priced or free parking space.

That expands your options considerably.

I'm not sure what you budget is like but staying downtown you can expect to pay $150-$250 generally. I think the last time I had to come in from out of town (was living in Philly) I stayed at The Standard and it was around $170, that easily the best deal I saw on a proper hotel. I'm sure there are motels and stuff around for less.

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I doubt it. Even if it happens, there will be no tailgating because of the underground parking.

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I doubt it. Even if it happens, there will be no tailgating because of the underground parking.
It's gonna happen. AEG Has already sold naming rights for the stadium.

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I doubt it. Even if it happens, there will be no tailgating because of the underground parking.
AEG's got that covered. It'll go something like this:

Nowhere to tailgate at the next game? The AEG Bank of America Toyota of Orange Staples Tailgate area has got you covered! Just choose from the 15 different restaurants adjacent to the stadium! Beers will cost only a low price of $15.00/small cup! Hot dogs? We got that too at $9.00!

*Please note the AEG tailgate area does not allow outside food, drinks, personal bbq sets.

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