Los Angeles’ STAPLES Center is changing its name to Crypto.com Arena, it’s been announced.
Located in downtown LA, the 20,000-capacity multi-purpose venue has been known as the STAPLES Center since its opening back in 1999. Kacey Musgraves, The Weeknd, Imagine Dragons and more are set to perform there in the coming months.
Aside from music, the arena is currently home to NBA franchises the Los Angeles Lakers and Los Angeles Clippers, as well as the Los Angeles Kings (of the NHL) and Los Angeles Sparks (WNBA).
The company is said to be paying $700million (£519m) over a 20-year period to rename the building. It’s believed to be the biggest deal of its kind in history.
AEG and https://t.co/mht717OBXs announce their historic naming rights partnership for one of the world’s most iconic sports and live entertainment venues formerly known as STAPLES Center. For full press release visit: https://t.co/jWHLBF7YUv pic.twitter.com/Q6OhDTIZu7
— STAPLES Center (@STAPLESCenter) November 17, 2021
The rebrand will introduce a 3,300 square foot “activation space” featuring crypto-centric interactive experiences for sports or music fans attending the arena. Crypto.com has also signed with LA Lakers and LA Kings as their official crypto partner.
Dan Beckerman, CEO of AEG, explained: “It’s a bit of a match made in heaven, when we think about the type of brands that we like to partner with.
“Crypto.com is looking for the most unique branding platform to make a statement and drive adoption, and we’re looking for an innovative, forward-thinking company to help us chart a course for the future of sports and entertainment events.”
Kris Marszalek, Crypto.com co-founder and CEO, said: “Known as the Creative Capital of the World, the city of Los Angeles and the people who call it home have always been pioneers, pushing the boundaries and innovating as the undeniable global leaders of culture and entertainment.
“We’re very excited about partnering with AEG and investing long term in this city, starting with Crypto.com Arena in the heart of downtown, and using our platform in new and creative ways so that cryptocurrency can power the future of world class sports, entertainment and technology for fans in LA and around the world.”