LOS ANGELES — This city is full of iconic settings, but when it came time to put down roots for Thursday’s MTV Video Music Awards, we chose one of the biggest, brightest stars on the city’s skyline: Staples Center.
Home to four pro franchises: the NBA’s Los Angeles Lakers and Clippers, the NHL’s Los Angeles Kings and the WNBA’s Los Angeles Sparks, Staples is an arena of champions and entertainment giants. Between concerts and sporting events, more than 38 million guests have come through the doors since the venue opened on October 17, 1999 with a show by Bruce Springsteen and the E Street Band.
The first-ever Staples VMAs (which airs at 8 p.m. ET/PT, with a pre-show at 7 p.m. ET/PT) will add to the structure’s storied history, thanks to performances Rihanna, One Direction, Green Day , Taylor Swift , Alicia Keys, Pink and Frank Ocean.
With Thursday’s show fast approaching, we thought we’d give you a breakdown of the 20,000-seat Center, by the numbers:
8: Number of championships won by the Lakers, Kings and Sparks since moving into Staples.
1: Funeral for a King. On July 7, 2009, Staples was the venue of choice for the public memorial for Michael Jackson.
1,400: That’s how many flat panel television sets are scattered throughout the building, meaning that VMA audience members will almost never be out of eyesight of the show, even when they leave their seats.
675: There are also nearly 680 speakers, so when they wander away from the action they can still hear what’s going on outside of the seating area.
1,500: The floor of the Staples Center will be filled with this many fans, who will be on their feet all night cheering on their favorite acts, presenters and winners.
1,000,000: Square footage of the building, which sits on a 10-acre site in the heart of downtown Los Angeles.
13: A cool baker’s dozen Grammys have taken place at Staples since 2000, including the first-ever Latin Grammy Awards in September 2000.
8: The house record for the most headlining shows by a solo artist, held by Britney Spears.
7: Justin Timberlake, Taylor Swift and U2 are all tied for this record for most headlining gigs.