As part of a $5 million upgrade project, STAPLES Center completed full renovations to all 154 private suites, 16 event suites, and the premium level concession stands. STAPLES Center and AEG tasked MEIS Architects to create and design the new looks for all suites. Dan Meis, Founder and Managing Principal of MEIS Architects, was one of the original architects of STAPLES Center.
Each private suite has a sophisticated and contemporary feel with new carpeting, cabinet finishes, and wood grain floor tile, that all adds up to a distinctly contemporary design. All 170 suites in the venue have been updated to reflect the state-of-the-art in-suite amenity, reflecting modern suite holder preferences for a more social, less formal vibe and a configuration that promotes interaction and casual conversation, in addition to watching the event.
With a palette of materials inspired by the carbon fiber and stainless steel details, the new suite designs evoke the qualities of a dynamic and technologically sophisticated machine. STAPLES Center opted for a deeper color palette of black, grays, white, and stainless. A centerpiece of the design is the new bar table, a high-top table where guests can eat, drink, work, and socialize. To keep connected with the outside world, there are convenient USB chargers installed, recognizing the common challenge of keeping one’s phone charged while attending an event.
With the event suites, MEIS Architects and STAPLES Center decided to uniquely celebrate Los Angeles with different themes and significant moments in sports and entertainment at STAPLES Center, as well as distinctive neighborhoods that are part of the city. The parts of Los Angeles that are highlighted include downtown LA, Venice, Hollywood, and Beverly Hills, featuring custom art pieces by local artists in these suites.
STAPLES Center has been home to the GRAMMY Awards for 17 of the last 18 years and hosted Music’s Biggest Night again on February 12, 2017. Having been a part of such an amazing event for so many years, STAPLES Center tasked its neighbors at L.A. LIVE and The GRAMMY Museum to design and create their own custom event suite to display historic music items and share great moments in GRAMMY Awards history.
As the home of four professional sports franchises, the NBA’s Los Angeles Lakers and Los Angeles Clippers, 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, and again most recently in 2016. STAPLES Center felt it was important to celebrate these championships and many other significant sports moments that have happened at the arena since opening in 1999.
Award-winning and legendary sports photographer and Lakers, Clippers, Kings, Sparks, and STAPLES Center House Photographer, Andrew D. Bernstein, provided the venue a custom collage of photographs that marked his favorite and most memorable photographs he has taken at the venue. Additionally, there is a collection of the front pages from the Los Angeles Times celebrating the biggest and best sports moments that occurred at STAPLES Center.
With all the upgrades and remodeling at STAPLES Center, the arena was able to provide both Habitat for Humanity and the Union Rescue Mission with a considerable amout of furniture to use. The donation included 100 coffee tables, 205 bar stools, 43 lounge chairs, 42 couches, and 41 trash cans collectively to both organizations.