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Video: Staples Center signs removed amid shift to Crypto.com Arena

Staples Center, Crypto.com Arena

Staples Center will officially be changing to Crypto.com Arena later this month. The building opened up as Staples Center in 1999, making this the first name change in the arena’s history.

Preparations are already being made for the big switch. Video surfaced Monday of signage beginning to come down:

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This name change will certainly be bittersweet, especially for Los Angeles Lakers fans. The Lakers won three consecutive championships to open the stadium and have since won three others. The Staples Center name holds a special place in the hearts of Lakers fans.

The Los Angeles Kings also won multiple championships while calling Staples Center home, winning their first two Stanley Cups in franchise history in 2012 and 2014. Also, don’t forget about the Los Angeles Sparks, who have three WNBA titles since moving from The Forum.

The Los Angeles Clippers never made the NBA Finals while playing in this building, though there are some good memories for them there as well. The Lob City years saw a lot of success, and the Clippers have remained competitive in recent seasons. LA will be moving to its own stadium in Inglewood in 2024.

It’s going to be weird getting used to calling this stadium by a new name. There will surely be plenty of people who just continue to call it Staples Center.