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2016 Los Angeles Clippers Gameday 1

STAPLES CENTER S TAPLES Center is entering its seventeenth year and is has undoubtedly developed an unrivaled reputation for excellence while establishing itself as the Sports and Entertainment Center of the World. Beginning with Bruce Springsteen and the E Street Band’s opening night concert on October 17, 1999, more than 50 million guests have come to the AEG-owned and operated STAPLES Center to attend a schedule of prestigious concerts, sporting events, award shows, family shows and other major attractions unmatched by any arena. As the home of four professional sports franchises, the NBA’s LA Clippers and Los Angeles Lakers, the NHL’s Los Angeles Kings, and the WNBA’s Los Angeles Sparks, STAPLES Center has proven to be a home court advantage for the local teams with the Lakers capturing five NBA Championships and the Kings winning two Stanley Cups since 1999 while, the Sparks captured back-to-back WNBA Championships in their first two STAPLES Center campaigns. STAPLES Center continues to distinguish itself as the host of major, high-profile events of national and international distinction including the 2004 & 2011 NBA All-Star Weekends, the 2002 NHL All-Star Game and 2010 NHL Draft, 2002 U.S. Figure Skating Championships, the 2000 Democratic National Convention, 2009 ISU World Figure Skating Championships, sixteen of the last seventeen GRAMMY Award shows, eleven X Games competitions, four WTA Tour Championships, 12 Pac 12 Men’s Basketball Championship tournaments, 2013 NCAA Division I Men’s Basketball Championship West Regional and the Michael Jackson Public Memorial Service on July 7, 2009. STAPLES Center’s first sixteen years have also been marked with performances and special events that brought international stature to Los Angeles’ sports & entertainment icon including concerts starring Taylor Swift, Adele, Mana, Prince, U2, Garth Brooks, Beyoncé, Usher, Paul McCartney, Don Henley, Bon Jovi, Madonna, Christina Aguilera, Justin Timberlake, Phil Collins, the Rolling Stones, Dave Matthews, Britney Spears, Rod Stewart, Eric Clapton, Janet Jackson, Jay-Z, Simon & Garfunkel, Van Halen, Dixie Chicks, John Mayer, Shania Twain, Peter Gabriel, Ricky Martin, Tina Turner, Kanye West, Luis Miguel, Billy Joel, Lionel Ritchie, Reba McEntire, Crosby, Stills, Nash & Young, Faith Hill & Tim McGraw, Kenny Chesney, Rod Stewart, Tool, Shakira, Depeche Mode, Cher, Bette Midler, Lady Gaga, Keith Urban, Mariah Carey, Eurythmics, Googoosh, The Police, Beyonce, Bob Seger, Lady Antebellum, Katy Perry, Marco Antonio Solis, and a (millennium) New Year’s Eve spectacular starring the Eagles, Jackson Browne and Linda Ronstadt; world championship boxing including Lennox Lewis vs. Vitali Klitschko for the World Heavyweight Championship and the first-ever Latin Grammy Awards. In addition, the arena has hosted multiple sold-out WWE dates, UFC 39 and UFC on FOX, Ringling Bros. & Barnum and Bailey Circus, Disney on Ice, Walking with Dinosaurs and the Harlem Globetrotters. Through the charitable endeavors of STAPLES Center Foundation, dynamic and life changing programs and services that focus on education, mentorship, healthy living, and healthcare, have been provided to children and families throughout Los Angeles with a special emphasis on supporting low income neighborhoods surrounding the arena. More than $10 million in grants and in-kind support has been pledged to support several local charities and community-based organizations with a goal of changing lives and saving lives. STAPLES Center Foundation works diligently to assist charities in raising funds, developing resources, increasing awareness, and highlighting their community impact. The foundations philanthropic reach has impacted organizations such as 10th Street Elementary, Inner City Arts, Salvation Army Red Shield Youth & Community Center, The Midnight Mission, and several local hospitals. Anchor Tenants, including the LA Kings, Los Angeles Lakers, Los Angeles Clippers and Los Angeles Sparks, assist in creating once in a lifetime 87 | CLIPPERS GAMETIME MAGAZINE


2016 Los Angeles Clippers Gameday 1
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