The home for the Los Angeles Lakers, Los Angeles Sparks, Los Angeles Kings and (for now) Los Angeles Clippers will undergo a nine-figure renovation investment as AEG announced plans to upgrade Crypto.com Arena and the accompanying Xbox Plaza at L.A. Live with completion targeted for the fall of 2024, with the arena remaining open for games and events while renovations are underway.
Several of the improvements being introduced to fans in time for the 2022-2023 NBA and NHL seasons. Upgrades will impact every category of seating and hospitality in the arena including the introduction of new premium seating categories. The arena’s design and renovations will be overseen by the original architects, Dan Meis and Ron Turner.
“The wide-ranging renovations to the arena and Xbox Plaza will provide fans with entirely new ways to experience their favorite sports and music events,” said Lee Zeidman, president of Crypto.com Arena, Microsoft Theater and L.A. Live. “In addition to creating new and refreshed hospitality options and spaces on multiple levels throughout the arena, nearly all public and backstage areas of Crypto.com Arena will be included in this transformative project. When the wide-ranging renovations are completed, guests, players and fans of the Kings, Lakers and Sparks, and performers coming to Crypto.com Arena and L.A. LIVE will all experience new offerings.”
The renovations include a reimagined City View Terrace with indoor-outdoor dining and entertainment experiences where fans can eat, drink and socialize while overlooking the downtown Los Angeles skyline to the north and the arena bowl to the south. There will also be a new Tunnel Club that will feature hospitality spaces and an Event Level viewing experience that offers select season ticket members and other VIP guests a personal backstage window to watch players and performers as they enter and exit their locker rooms. The arena will get its first-ever main concrouse suites and an expanded Chairman’s Club will offer select season ticket members and VIP guests with new benefits and experiences
“Crypto.com Arena is part of the fabric of Los Angeles and we are incredibly proud of the role it continues to play in creating some of the most memorable moments in sports and entertainment,” said Dan Beckerman, AEG president and chief executive officer. “Since its opening, we have invested hundreds of millions of dollars to ensure that the venue remains state-of-the-art, while consistently creating a world-class event and fan experience. The investment in these renovations demonstrates the ongoing commitment of AEG, the Lakers and the Kings to deliver the best experiences for all of our fans, partners, artists and teams.”
Upgrades also include two new LED screens and ribbon boards visible to the upper and lower bowl seating areas; a redesigned and upgraded Impact Sports Bar & Grill on the main concourse; new food offerings on the upper level concourse; and a refresh of the arena’s premium and suite level entrances, concourses throughout the venue as well as the locker rooms of the Kings, Lakers and Sparks.
“As one of the original designers, this is an exciting time to be once again partnered with Dan Meis on this reimagination of Crypto.com Arena,” said Turner, principal/global director of sports for Gensler. “For the next evolution of Crypto.com Arena, we are working with our partner AEG to respectfully design important enhancements to the fan experience and enjoyment for all of the guests, teams and entertainers who are a part of the entertainment legacy this building has created in Los Angeles.”