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Lee Zeidman's arena timeline

By David Broughton
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1998: Staples Center construction begins.

Oct. 17, 1999: Bruce Springsteen & the E Street Band perform a sold-out concert to officially open the arena.

April 2000: AFL Los Angeles Avengers play their first game in the arena. The team folded in 2008.

June 2000: Oscar De La Hoya and “Sugar” Shane Mosley draw 18,894 to the arena’s first boxing match.

August 2000: Staples Center hosts the Democratic National Convention.

2001: Los Angeles Sparks begin play at Staples Center.

2002: Venue hosts memorial for longtime Lakers broadcaster Chick Hearn.

2003: Lee Zeidman plays a substantial role in the development, construction, and operation of Dignity Sports Health Park in Carson, Calif.

2006: NBA D-League Los Angeles D-Fenders, owned by the Lakers, play their first game at Staples Center. The team moved in 2010.

2007: 7,100-seat Microsoft Theater opens. The venue was named Pollstar’s national Theater of the Year in 2008, 2009 and 2010.

February 2008: Zeidman named Pollstar’s Facility Executive of the Year.

July 2008: Arena hosts the ESPY Awards at Microsoft Theater, which it would do annually through 2019.

September 2008: Hosts the annual Primetime Emmy Awards at Microsoft Theater.

January 2009: The arena’s attendance record of 20,820 is set at the fight between WBA world welterweight champion Antonio Margarito and “Sugar” Shane Mosley.

July 2009: Hosts a memorial service for Michael Jackson. The singer was rehearsing for his comeback tour, operated by AEG, at the Staples Center days earlier just before he died.

2013: Staples Center and L.A. Live begin hosting the BET Experience, including the BET Awards.

2015: Hosts five sold-out Taylor Swift concerts, giving her 16 — the most of any performer at the venue.

2016: Zeidman is named Pollstar’s Facility Executive of the Year.

2017: L.A. is awarded the 2028 Summer Olympics, with Staples Center serving as host of the basketball competitions.

2018: Zeidman awarded “Outstanding Achievement Award” by TheStadiumBusiness Awards.

2019: Hosts rapper Nipsey Hussle’s memorial service.

2020: Hosts memorial service for Lakers legend Kobe Bryant and his daughter, Gianna, after they died in a helicopter crash.

2021: Crypto.com replaces Staples as arena naming-rights sponsor.

2022: Commencement of multiyear, nine-figure renovation.

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