The Los Angeles Kings are a professional ice hockey team that compete in the Pacific Division of the Western Conference in the National Hockey League (NHL). The team was founded in 1967 and joined the NHL as an expansion team the same year. The team won their first Stanley Cup in the 2011-2012 season by beating the New Jersey Devils 6-1 in the 6th game. Let’s find out where the Kings play their home games.
Where do the Los Angeles Kings play?
After the team was founded in 1967 they moved into the newly built indoor arena known as The Forum (called the Great Western Forum for 15 years) located in Inglewood (a suburb of LA). This facility cost $16 million (over $110 in today’s currency) and housed just over 16,000 people for hockey games. It was used for a number of indoor events and was home to a number of Los Angeles sports teams during its history.
In 1999 the team moved to the Staples Center in downtown LA. This arena cost $375 million and has a capacity of over 18,000 for ice hockey games, which can be expanded with standing room. The Staples Center is one of the most widely used arenas in the world and it hosts 250 events and almost 4 million people every year. It is home to other professional sporting teams such as the LA Lakers and Clippers (NBA), LA Sparks (WNBA) as well as being used for many other events.
Did you know?
The Staples Center features a statue of famous hockey player Wayne Gretzky. He played for the Kings from 1988-1996, which means he never played at this arena!