The reopened L.A. Forum will primarily focus on music -- rival Staples Center is already making adjustments

The Eagles' opening of the newly "fabulous" Forum in Inglewood, Calif., in January with six sellouts draws renewed attention to a large venue with a music-based business model, but the concept isn't new. The amphitheater boom 20 years ago was spurred by promoters who-tired of watching arenas keep lucrative ancillaries from concessions, parking and sponsorships, while the promoters took all the risk -- jumped into the real estate game with much-less-expensive amphitheaters.

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