Hockey Nets, Scoreboard, Other Stuff From L.A. Sports Arena Are Being Auctioned
The Los Angeles Sports Arena often gets lost in the shuffle when it comes to the Southland's most revered sporting venues. How could it possibly stack up against the history of Dodger Stadium? Or the pageantry of the Rose Bowl? Or the distinctive design of the Great Western Forum? Or the sheer massiveness of the Coliseum? Or the "Sushi Bonzai Plate" at Staples Center?
For the longest time, the L.A. Sports Arena was simply known as the home of the (pre-Blake Griffin) Clippers. But, as we've noted in the past, the arena has actually seen its fair share of history. It housed the 1960 Democratic National Convention, in which John F. Kennedy was nominated for the presidency. It also hosted concerts by Michael Jackson, U2, and Bruce Springsteen. And it served as a kind of guesthouse for sports teams who were in between homes; the basketball teams for both USC and UCLA played here, as did the Los Angeles Kings for a brief stint.
The arena is closed now, primed for demolition as it makes way for a new stadium that will host the upcoming LAFC soccer team. We don't have to let go, however, as auction company Global Partners is giving everyone a chance to own a piece of the L.A. Sports Arena. The auction, which is going on now, will close on Thursday at 1 p.m. You can check out the catalog (and place bids) here. And the cool thing is that, so far, the current bids aren't all that bad. The huge UCLA scoreboard, for instance, is still only $500 at the moment.
Among the more notable items are the scoreboard, lettering that had wrapped around the arena outside, goal nets used by the LA Kings, and a giant washing machine (that we assume has been used to wash Danny Manning's jersey).
So long, L.A. Sport Arena. Here's a video of The Boss (and the E Street Band) playing at the venue. He's singing "Wrecking Ball," which is appropriate for all the obvious reasons.