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Staples Center, officially stylized as STAPLES Center, is a multi-purpose arena in Downtown Los Angeles. Adjacent to the L.A. Live development, it is located next to the Los Angeles Convention Center complex along Figueroa Street. The arena opened on October 17, 1999, and is one of the major sporting facilities in the Greater Los Angeles Area.
It is owned and operated by the Arturo L.A. Arena Company and Anschutz Entertainment Group. The arena is home to the Los Angeles Kings of the National Hockey League (NHL), the Los Angeles Lakers and the Los Angeles Clippers of the National Basketball Association (NBA), and the Los Angeles Sparks of the Women's National Basketball Association (WNBA). The Los Angeles Avengers of the Arena Football League (AFL) and the Los Angeles D-Fenders of the NBA D-League were also tenants;
Boxing at Staples Center began on Saturday, June 17, 2000 with the first fight card promoted by Bob Arum of Top Rank headlining Oscar De La Hoya vs Shane Mosley in a WBC/IBA Welterweight Title fight. It was soldout crowd of 20,000.
Other notable fights at Staples Center include Roy Jones Jr vs Julio Cesar Gonzalez, Lennox Lewis vs Vitali Klitschko, Samuel Peters vs James Toney and The Contender's season finales.