Event Venue

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May 16, 2004

STAPLES Center - Los Angeles, CA

On October 17, 1999, the STAPLES Center in downtown Los Angeles was opened with a concert featuring Bruce Springsteen and the E Street Band. Since then, the $375 million facility named after the office superstore has been home to both the Los Angeles Lakers and Los Angeles Clippers of the NBA, as well as the WNBA's Los Angeles Sparks, the NHL's Los Angeles Kings and the Los Angeles Avengers of the Arena Football League. As of 2006, it was the only venue in the United States that was home to five professional sports franchises.

The STAPLES Center was named Arena of the Year by Pollstar Magazine in 2000 and 2001, and boasts statues of Los Angeles sports legends Magic Johnson and Wayne Gretzky outside its doors. In addition to its five professional sports franchises, the STAPLES Center has also hosted the 2000 Democratic convention, the PAC-10 Men's Basketball tournament and the NHL and NBA All-Star Games; it has also hosted the Grammy Awards annually since 2000.

STAPLES Center has also hosted numerous WWE events; most notably WrestleMania 21, where John Cena defeated JBL to win the WWE Championship and Batista defeated Triple H for the World Heavyweight Championship. It also hosted Unforgiven in September 2002, which featured a WWE Championship match between Brock Lesnar and Undertaker as the main event. STAPLES Center has also been the site of numerous RAW and SmackDown events, as well as a January 2000 edition of Monday Nitro that saw Sid defeat Kevin Nash for the vacant WCW Championship.

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