Timeline: The evolution of Staples Center



March 31 -- Ground is broken on Staples Center.


Oct. 17 -- The arena opens with a concert by Bruce Springsteen and the E Street Band.


January -- Pollstar names Staples New Major Concert Venue and Arena of the Year.

February -- The Grammy Awards come to Staples for the first time.

April 9 -- The Arena Football League's Los Angeles Avengers beat the Oklahoma Wranglers, 54-48, in their home debut before a crowd of 15,928.

June 19 -- The Lakers defeat the Indiana Pacers, 116-111, in Game 6 of the NBA Finals to win their first title in 12 years. Shaquille O'Neal is the MVP for the first of three consecutive years.

Aug. 14-17 -- Staples hosts the 2000 Democratic National Convention.

September -- Staples hosts the inaugural Latin Grammys.


April 18 -- In what became known as the "Stunner at Staples," the Kings come back from a 3-0 deficit in Game 4 of the NHL's Western Conference quarterfinal series to beat the Detroit Red Wings, 4-3. Two games later, they win their first playoff series since 1993.

Aug. 11 -- The Los Angeles Sparks become the first WNBA team to go undefeated at home for an entire season, finishing 16-0.

September -- The Los Angeles City Council approves the master plan for L.A. Live by a vote of 11-0; Madonna brings her "Drowned World Tour" to Staples.

Sept. 1 -- The Sparks win the WNBA Championship.


Feb. 2 -- Staples hosts the 52nd NHL All-Star Game.

March -- Staples hosts the Pac-10 basketball finals.

June 13 -- The Lakers beat the Philadelphia 76ers, 100-86, in Game 4 of the NBA Finals. Two days later in Philadelphia, they win Game 5, clinching their second consecutive championship.

Oct. 9 -- The bronze statue of former King Wayne
Gretzky is unveiled in front of Staples.

Nov. 6 -- The WTA Tour Championship kicks off. The tennis tournament will return for three more years.


Feb. 6 -- Former President Bill Clinton introduces the Rolling Stones at a free concert for the Natural Resources Defense Council.

June -- The Lakers sweep the New Jersey Nets in four games to win their third consecutive NBA title.


Feb. 11 -- A bronze statue of former Laker Earvin "Magic" Johnson is unveiled in front of Staples.

Feb. 15 -- The NBA All-Star Game is held at the arena. The West beats the East, 136-132, with Lakers Shaquille O'Neal and Kobe Bryant contributing a combined 44 points.


March -- U2 brings its "Vertigo" tour to the arena for a two-night stand. The band returns in November for two more shows.

April 3 -- With 20,193 fans watching WrestleMania21, an attendance record is set.

Sept. 15 -- Construction begins on L.A. Live.

Nov. 29 -- Paul McCartney kicks off a two-night stand.


April -- The Clippers achieve their first winning record in 14 seasons, clinch their first playoff spot since 1997 and finish with a better record than the Lakers for the second straight year.

May 1 -- The Clippers beat the Denver Nuggets at Staples, clinching their first playoff series since moving to California from Buffalo in 1978.


June -- Ground is broken for the construction of the 54-story, 1,001-room Ritz-Carlton/J.W. Marriott Hotel across the street.

Oct. 18 -- The Nokia Theatre opens with a concert by the Eagles and Dixie Chicks.


March 18 -- The Academy of Television Arts & Sciences announces a deal making the Nokia Theatre the home of the Primetime Emmys from 2008-18.

Dec. 1 -- A bronze statue of boxer Oscar De La Hoya is unveiled in front of Staples.


Jan. 5 -- The World WBA Welterweight Championship fight between Antonio Margarito and Shane Mosley draws 20,820 to Staples, setting an arena attendance record.

June 11 -- The Lakers beat the Orlando Magic, 99-91, to take a commanding 3-1 lead in the NBA Finals. Three days later, they win their 15th NBA title in Orlando.

Mid-June -- Work begins on a $20 million renovation of Staples.

July 7 -- A public memorial for Michael Jackson is held at Staples.

Oct. 27 -- The Lakers are presented with NBA Championship rings before their home opener against the Clippers; "Michael Jackson's This Is It" premieres at Nokia Theatre; Regal 14 Cinemas open at L.A. Live.


Feb. 15 -- The third phase of L.A. Live is projected to open with the arrival of the Ritz-Carlton/J.W. Marriott Hotel.