The Staples Center in Los Angeles is poised to unveil $7.5 million in renovations to the arena’s lighting systems, along with improvements to retractable seating and the team store.
According to a press release, AEG spent six-figures on a new LED sports lighting system by Solotech and manufactured by Lidlum. The LED system, a first for an NBA or NHL arena in the United States, is expected to save Staples Center approximately $280,000 annually in energy costs.
“We are thrilled to be on the forefront in our industry by converting the arena to LED lighting, it is the latest technology and the wave of the future and we wanted to get on board right away,” said Staples Center president Lee Zeidman. “From an environmental and sustainability standpoint, this made sense for us and will save us significantly in the long run on energy costs.”
Other improvements include a new retractable seating system for the arena, which is home to two NBA teams, an NHL team and a WNBA team, and hosts more than 250 event per year.
A newly remodeled VIP area, the Centurion Suite from American Express, will have its grand opening Wednesday night (Oct. 8) for the L.A. Kings’ opening night and Stanley Cup banner-raising ceremony. There will also be new concession stands and, in the coming months, the TEAM LA Store will be moved to the old Fox Sports Skybox restaurant space off the main concourse.