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September 22, 2002

STAPLES Center - Los Angeles

Los Angeles’ STAPLES Center, the site of 2002’s Unforgiven, has played home to many  WWE events, most notably WrestleMania 21 where 20,193 WWE fans broke the arena’s attendance record while John Cena defeated JBL for the WWE Championship and Batista defeated Triple H for the World Heavyweight Championship. Judgment Day in 2004, and other RAW and SmackDown events have also been at the STAPLES Center.

Opened in 1999, the STAPLES Center is named for the office-supply company. It hosts home games for five professional sports teams – more than any other arena – including the National Basketball Association’s Lakers and Clippers, the Women’s National Basketball Association’s Sparks, the National Hockey League’s Kings and the American Football League’s Avengers. An NBA Development League team, the D-Fenders, will begin play at the STAPLES Center for the 2006-07 season.

Many major events have been held at the STAPLES Center, including the 2000 Democratic National Convention, the 2002 U.S. Figure Skating Championships, the 2002 NHL All-Star game, the 2004 NBA All-Star game, the first Latin Grammy Awards in 2000, the yearly Grammy Awards since 2000, and many boxing events and concerts, including U2, Bruce Springsteen and the Eagles.

Los Angeles is the second largest city in the United States, with a multi-ethnic population of more than 3.9 million. It’s one of the world’s centers of culture, technology, trade and business. It’s often referred to as the entertainment capital of the world, with numerous motion picture, television and music production companies, such as Twentieth Century Fox and Paramount Pictures.

The hilly city situated on the Pacific Ocean is bisected by a mountain range. The city has a warm, Mediterranean climate, and the area is rich in native plant and exotic flower species, while the city air is often polluted by smog. L.A. has one of the world’s largest freeway systems handling millions of commuters each day from the surrounding areas of Southern California. The metropolitan area has five major airports. Upwards of 25 colleges are in the city’s metropolitan area, including the University of California Los Angeles, Pepperdine University and the University of Southern California. The city’s school district is the second-largest in the country.

The city is known for its exquisite dining, thriving nightlife scene and plethora of shopping. Notable people from the City of Angels include WWE Superstar Johnny Nitro, Jennifer Aniston, Beck, Dr. Dre, Jake Gyllenhaal, Angelina Jolie and Marilyn Monroe. Sports teams in L.A. other than those playing at the STAPLES Center are Major League Baseball’s Dodgers, Major League Soccer’s Galaxy and Club Deportivo Chivas USA, and Major League Lacrosse’s Riptide. The 1932 and 1984 Summer Olympics, Super Bowls I and VII, and the 1994 World Cup were held in Los Angeles.

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