L.A. LIVE, STAPLES Center and Downtown Los Angeles Hosted an Incredibly Successful Sports Weekendby laliveinsider on Wed., May 23 at 10:00 AM
LOS ANGELES (May 22, 2012) - It was an unprecedented four days, not only for the fans of the Los Angeles Lakers, Clippers, Kings and International pro cycling but for a City that has long considered itself to be the sports capital of America. In less than 80 hours over May 17-20, STAPLES Center hosted 6 NBA/NHL playoff games and outside on the streets of downtown Los Angeles, the world's top professional cyclists finished the 8th and final stage of the Amgen Tour of California.
The six games at STAPLES Center brought over 120,000 fans and media through their doors while tens of thousands of additional fans lined a five mile closed course through downtown (part of the 42.6 mile stage that started on Rodeo Drive in Beverly Hills) to cheer on the cyclists. With over a quarter of a million people traveling to and thru L.A. LIVE and STAPLES Center over the four days, and more than 100 million tuning in to the plethora of live television broadcasts of each event, the potential for transportation challenges certainly existed. However, credit goes to the event attendees who took the advice sent out suggesting taking into consideration potential closures and timing while planning their route and parking locations before beginning their trips. It was also suggested that fans consider the myriad of public transportation options and arriving early to take part in on-site promotional activities.
\"This past weekend at STAPLES Center and L.A. LIVE we had an unprecedented 'perfect storm' of activity, events and attention that will never be duplicated anywhere in our industry,\" commented Lee Zeidman, STAPLES Center, Nokia Theatre and L.A. LIVE Sr. Vice President and General Manager. \"It was incredible to see how many of our guests considered our suggestions of not only planning their routes but considering the number of public transportation options unique to the foot traffic around L.A. LIVE and throughout downtown Los Angeles. It was not only a great weekend for the staff here at STAPLES Center, who had a flawless performance in the spotlight, but also for the workers at the business surrounding the arena and L.A. LIVE who also benefitted to the increase of foot traffic around downtown.\"
Stats and estimates provided by the Los Angeles County Metropolitan Transportation Authority (Metro) advised that nearly 4,000 Kings fans chose to use the Blue and Expo Lines to arrive at the Pico Station adjacent to STAPLES Center. Metro also estimated that the total rail system ridership was up at least 10% on the Red Line and Purple Line and as much as 20% on the Gold Line from the average Sunday ridership.
\"Metro Rail experienced nearly a 20% surge in rail ridership over the weekend as fans took part in a number of events at STAPLES Center and L.A. LIVE,\" said Bruce Shelburne, Interim Executive Director for Metro Rail Operations. \"We were able to handle the heavy loads of passengers using our system by adding additional train cars and we noticed that fans going to STAPLES Center and Amgen Tour of California stage eight at L.A. LIVE were excited to be using our vast transportation network.\"
In addition, the 120,000 fans and media members were definitely hungry and thirsty when they arrived and, STAPLES Center's food and beverage partner Levy Restaurants made sure no one left hungry or thirsty. Below are some statistics on the amount of food and beverages consumed over the 4 days and 6 playoff games.
- 21,600 Downtown Hot Dogs sold in concessions
- 6000 Bags of Peanuts
- 2250 Caramel Apples for dessert carts and premium stands
- 2500 Pounds of Chicken Wings for Suites
- 2400 Pounds of Roast Beef cooked for the Whistle Stop French Dip Sandwich
- 1500 Pounds of Lettuce for Suite Salads
- 1100 Kegs or 100,000 Beers sold in concessions
- 7,500 Tubs of Popcorn
STAPLES Center's (now) internationally known operation's crew coordinated six complete conversions of the playing surfaces over the weekend, thought to be a venue record in the arena industry. To view the STAPLES Center conversion time lapse video that started on Thursday, May 17th and ended following the Clippers game on Sunday, May 20th please visit: http://bit.ly/JAvXJq
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