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The Lakers home court will go under multi-million renovation

By James Brown

The Lakers home court will go under multi-million renovation

The Los Angeles Lakers home court, Arena, will go under nine figure renovation soon.

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The Lakers have played on their home court since 1999. However, back then, the arena opened by the Staples Center name. It kept the name for 22 years until November 2021. The arena's name rights were bought by, the Singapore-based company. Of course, the company decided to name the arena after their own name. Now the Arena will go under a renovation that will surpass the nine-figure mark.

The arena will go in three phases before it's definitely done. That will help the architects make the best building they can. According to Lee Zeidman, president of Arena, Microsoft Theater and L.A. Live, “After Phase 1 is done, we’ll be able to look at the venue: Is there something we go back with to the Lakers and Kings from a fan journey, fan experience standpoint that makes the venue more accessible, quicker to get into, quicker to get out of?” said “We’re not afraid to change things up on the fly.”

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The new project will have some old friends as the architect duo Dan Meis and Ron Turner will be in charge of the renovations. Both architects were part of the construction of the first building back in the late 1990's. The first phase is set to end in about two months from now. Once it ends, the second phase will continue during the 2023 and 2024 summers as the NHL and NBA have their offseason. However, the venue will not close at any point.

After all, most American franchises are updating their home courts/stadiums. The Lakers, being the most popular team in the NBA should have a arena to match. “We love our history and we’re proud of it and we all have fantastic memories from the first 20 years,” explained the AEG CEO Dan Beckerman. “But this was about looking forward and re-imagining the fan experience. That was really our North Star.”

Lakers first home games in 2022-23 season

Six out of the first ten games will be played in the Arena. This should be an advantage for the Lakers. They need to take this advantage as nine out of the ten games will be against Western Conference rivals. The only  game that won't be is their home game vs the Cleveland Cavaliers.



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