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Los Angeles Memoria Sports Arena

All photographs taken by Kenneth A. Larson. All rights reserved. © 2006 - 2017.

The Los Angeles Memorial Sports Arena joined the Los Angeles Memorial Coliseum in 1959 to form a sports and entertainment complex in Exposition Park, a few miles south of Downtown Los Angeles.

Architect Welton Becket and Associates of Los Angeles was hired June 14, 1957. L.E. Dixon Company of San Gabriel was awarded the construction contract on March 21, 1958 with Ground Breaking on April 7, 1958. The roof truss, the longest single truss ever erected on an arena, was placed October 3, 1958. The Los Angeles Memorial Sports Arena was dedicated on July 4, 1959 by Vice President Richard M. Nixon in "recognition of all who served their country in all wars." The first event in the arena was held July 8, 1959, a Bantamweight title fight between Jose Becerra and Alphonse Halimi.

In the over half century since its dedication, the Sports Arena has been home to several professional and amateur sports teams, hosted other sporting events, the 1960 Democratic National Convention, concerts, the circus, and has been used as a filming location.

The arena is reconfigured for various events but generally has a floor area of 144 by 262 foot space (38,000 square feet) with a clear vertical height of 75 feet. The main floor totals about 130,000 square feet and the concourse level adds another 101,557 square feet. Seating capacity varies with events generally arranged to 16,161 for basketball, 14,546 for ice sports/ hockey, 16.727 - 16,740 for boxing/wrestling, up to 22,400 seats. The roof is an elliptical transverse steel truss spanning 315 feet x 430 feet. The structure has been upgraded for 21st century seismic standards. Steel braces were added, the original crown (roof), which had been covered with small tiles was resurfaced with sections of EFIS (Exterior Finish Insulation System) providing improved durability, maintenance, and thermal characteristics.

Long term and temporary tenants and events:
Bantamweight title fight between Jose Becerra and Alphonse Halimi on July 8, 1959. (First event).
Los Angeles Lakers (NBA) when they moved from Minneapolis (1960-1967).
UCLA basketball teams.
Los Angeles Kings (NHL) (1967) inaugural 1967 season.
Los Angeles Clippers from (NBA) 1985-99.
USC Trojans Men's Basketball (NCAA) (1959-2006).
USC Trojans Women's Basketball (NCAA) (1983-2006).
1963 NBA All-Star Game.
1968 and 1972 NCAA men's basketball Final Four.
1992 NCAA women's Final Four.
Boxing competition during the 1984 Olympic Games.
Primary site for the 1960 Democratic National Convention.
Olympic Games, 1984 boxing competitions.
Final portion of WrestleMania 2 in 1986.
WrestleMania VII in 1991.
Other WWE events.
Also high school basketball championships, concerts, and conventions are held in the facility.
The Coliseum and Sports Arena are frequently used as locations for commercials, television, and motion pictures.

The Sports Arena is owned and operated by the Los Angeles Coliseum Commission.

The Los Angeles Memoria Sports Arena is now gone. It will soon be replaced by Los Angeles Football Club.

3939 S. Figueroa Street
Los Angeles, California 90037
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