It's been an exciting year for the Los Angeles Kings and now fans like me are looking forward to the 2012 NHL playoffs and the quest for "The Cup." The Kings play in the STAPLES Center, right in the middle of downtown Los Angeles. I go to a lot of Kings (and Lakers) games and here are some key tips for fans attending Los Angeles Kings games:
The STAPLES CenterI like the STAPLES Center, it's a new, clean arena with a lot of nice, friendly employees who really seem to enjoy their jobs. It seats 19,000 fans and is a fun experience both for families and for people looking to party and have fun.
I live downtown and usually take public transportation. Los Angeles has a fairly good subway and train system now and the Blue Line train stops directly in front of STAPLES Center. The Blue Line connects downtown Los Angeles with Long Beach with many stops in between.
There is a lot of on-site parking at the STAPLES Center, and neighboring convention center area, but the traffic gets congested. I suggest parking along Olympic Blvd. in one of the many lots there and walking a few blocks, or arrive a few hours early and have dinner at one of the restaurants at L.A. Live.
Dining at STAPLES CenterTry to get into the San Manuel Club, it's the private club, bar and restaurant for Luxury Suite holders and other holders of Premiere Seat tickets. The restaurant has many great tables along the rail, overlooking the floor, along with single bar seats along the rail. These face the floor and I think they're better than many regular seats. We frequently spend the whole game here, eating and drinking and having fun, never even making it to our assigned seats.
Seats and ticketsThe STAPLES Center has good viewing angles from most seats, although the nosebleed level is pretty high up and I would avoid it, if possible. Fans should note, scalping tickets on the street is illegal in Los Angeles, I recommend using the Kings' official website or an established Los Angeles ticket broker. As I write this, single game playoff tickets are still available on the Kings' website.
VIP tipThe STAPLES Center features its own super-exclusive nightclub, Hyde Lounge. Not only is it an amazing space with a bar, dance floor, luxury viewing areas and more, but they have ledge seats which overlook the floor. It's tough to get in the door, but fans can always reserve a table with bottle service to ensure admission. You can watch the Kings playoff games from here, or its also a cool place to hit after the game ends. Hyde Lounge is one of several Hyde locations, all are serious luxury experiences. The clubs are run by SBE, a top nightclub and hotel developer.
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