INFO Built in 1967 with the intention of emulating the Roman relic that it’s named after, the Forum sports arena has become an icon in its own right in the city of Los Angeles. Located in Inglewood, a few miles east... ... read more
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Built in 1967 with the intention of emulating the Roman relic that it’s named after, the Forum sports arena has become an icon in its own right in the city of Los Angeles. Located in Inglewood, a few miles east of Los Angeles International Airport, the Forum was constructed by Jack Kent Cooke, who wanted to bring an NHL team to LA but did not have permission to use the existing LA Memorial Sports Arena as a venue.
Once completed, the arena became home to the Los Angeles Lakers of the NBA and the Kings of the NHL until 1999 when they both moved to the newly built Staples Center in downtown LA. The Lakers won five NBA titles at the Forum, where celebrities like Andy Garcia, Dyan Cannon, and Jack Nicholson could always be found courtside. The 18,000-seat venue hosted the 1984 Olympics for basketball and also accommodates tennis matches, boxing matches, and political rallies.
In its heyday, the large seating capacity at the Forum made it a destination for some of the biggest bands in modern history. Concerts at the Forum ranged from Elvis to Queen to AC/DC to Nirvana to Phish. The venue was owned by the Faithful Central Bible Church from 2000-2012, which leased out the Forum for occasional concerts and events.
In 2012, the Forum was purchased by the Madison Square Garden Company for $23.5 million and underwent a rigorous renovation, re-debuting in January 2014 as a significantly upgraded and refreshed venue, where it hosted inaugural concerts by the Eagles and Justin Timberlake.