A guide to LA’s entertainment venue Crypto.com Arena

Published On: March 2, 2023Categories: Events, Sports, Tourist attractionsTags:

Are you looking for the ultimate entertainment experience in Los Angeles? Look no further than Crypto.com Arena (formerly known as the Staples Center), one of the city’s most iconic and beloved entertainment venues.

Situated in the heart of downtown Los Angeles, the arena is a renowned venue that has hosted some of the biggest events in sports and entertainment history – from NBA Finals to the Grammy Awards. It’s easy to see why the arena is such a major attraction for both locals and tourists! Whether you’re a die-hard sports fan, music lover, or simply looking for a fun night out, the Crypto.com Arena is a must-visit destination when staying with us at Freehand LA.

Here’s everything you need to know when paying the former Staples Center a visit.

What is the Crypto.com Arena?

With a reputation for being the hottest ticket in town, the arena is best known for being the home of two of Los Angeles’ biggest sports teams – BUT, it’s not just any old sports venue.

Since opening its doors in 1999, it’s become a cultural icon, attracting some of the biggest names in entertainment. From music royalty like Beyoncé and Taylor Swift to legendary acts such as Bruce Springsteen, this arena has seen it all.

But it’s not just about the music – the Crypto.com arena is also the site of some of the most legendary moments in entertainment history -remeber the epic memorial service for the one and only Michael Jackson? Yup, that was held here!

What Basketball Teams Play at Crypto.com Arena?

As we mentioned earlier, two of the city’s most iconic sports teams call the arena their home. In fact, it was originally built just for this purpose! The two NBA teams that play in the arena are the Los Angeles Clippers, and of course, the legendary Los Angeles Lakers.

What to Expect When Visiting Crypto.com Arena

If you’re planning on visiting this iconic LA stadium for the first time, it can be tricky to know what to expect. Don’t worry, we got you! Whether you’re visiting Crypto.com Arena for a basketball game or a concert, you can expect a top-notch experience. Here’s some need-to-knows for when you visit:


With a seating capacity of over 20,000, the Crypto.com Arena offers a variety of seating options to suit different preferences and budgets, from courtside seats to nosebleed sections.


Tickets can be purchased through Ticketmaster or at the arena box office, and prices vary depending on the event. There’s usually a range of options available to fit different budgets. For a full list of what’s on, find their upcoming events calendar here.


  • To avoid long lines at security and explore the arena before the event, arrive early.
  • Expect a loud and crowded environment, especially during sporting events.
  • Check the arena’s website or social media accounts for any updates or special offers before you go.
  • Remember to bring cash or a credit card for purchases inside the arena, as outside food and drink is not allowed.

Getting to Crypto.com Arena

Crypto.com Arena is located in the heart of downtown LA, making it easily accessible from all parts of the city. If you’re driving, there are several parking garages located nearby, though parking can be expensive. If you’d rather take public transportation, the arena is located just a few blocks from several major bus and subway lines.

How can I get to the Crypto.com Arena from Freehand Los Angeles?

The Crypto.com Arena is located at 1111 S Figueroa St in Los Angeles.

If you’re planning on attending an event at the Crypto.com Arena during your stay at Freehand Los Angeles, here are the different options on how to get there:

  • Taxi (approx. 4 minutes)
  • Walk (approx. 16 minutes)
  • Bus (approx. 8 minutes): Walk from Freehand Los Angeles to Olive/ 8th Station (approx. 1 minute), catch the 81 Harbor Freeway Stn and ride approx. 6 minutes to Figueroa/ 12th. The Crypto.com Arena is located just outside this stop.