Staples Center is getting another name. Beginning Christmas Day, it will be Crypto.com Arena.
The midtown Los Angeles home of the NBA’s Lakers and Clippers, the NHL’s Kings and the WNBA’s Sparks will change its name after 22 years of activity, arena proprietor AEG reported Tuesday night.
A person with knowledge on the deal lets the news know that Crypto.com is paying $700 million more than 20 years to rename the building. The person talked on state of namelessness on the grounds that the parties aren’t publicly reporting the terms of what’s accepted to be the most extravagant naming rights deal in sports history.
The 20,000-seat arena has been the Staples Center since it opened in October 1999, with the naming rights claimed by the American office-supplies retail company under a 20-year understanding. The name will change when the Lakers have the Brooklyn Nets in the NBA’s yearly Christmas feature.
Crypto.com is a cryptocurrency platform and exchange headquartered in Singapore. Founded in 2016, Crypto.com has been on a spending spree across the global sports landscape over the past year. The platform has inked high-visibility sponsorship deals with Formula One, the UFC, Italy’s Serie A, Paris St-Germain and the NHL’s Montreal Canadiens — while also purchasing the Philadelphia 76ers’ uniform sponsorship patch.
AEG, the sports and entertainment aggregate that has greater part responsibility for Kings and had a stake in the Lakers until the previous summer, assembled the arena that immediately turned into a popular setting for significant events in the U.S.’ second-biggest metropolitan area.
Alongside its sports tenants, the arena has facilitated 19 Grammy Awards services, three NBA All-Star Games, two NHL All-Star Games and incalculable high-profile shows, exhibitions and significant public events, including memorials for Michael Jackson, Nipsey Hussle and Kobe Bryant.
The Lakers have won six NBA championships during their residency in the huge arena, remembering three straight for its initial three years of activity. Standards remembering the Lakers’ 17 NBA titles drape high on the dividers over the playing floor, giving what may be the most distinctive interior feature of the building.
The Sparks have won three WNBA titles while at the Staples Center, and the Kings won their initial two Stanley Cup championships in 2012 and 2014 there, securing both on home ice.
The Clippers will be short-timers at Crypto.com Arena. They’re scheduled to open owner Steve Ballmer’s $1 billion, 18,000-seat Intuit Dome in Inglewood in 2024 when their Staples Center lease expires. The Sparks also could leave downtown then, although nothing has been decided.