The Lakers will play the 2016 preseason at local venues, including Staples Center. Photo by John McCoy/Los Angeles News Group)
The Lakers may enter training camp in the fall of 2016 with a much more cheerful note than the past two seasons that featured endless. That sunny outlook, however, will not coincide with the Lakers staying at a poolside hotel and saying “Aloha” to fans.
After spending the majority of training camp last season in Hawaii, the Lakers will spend most of their preseason in the comfortable confines of their practice facility in El Segundo. The Lakers will also primarily play in the Southern California area.
They will begin and end exhibition play at the Anaheim’s Honda Center, including their preseason opener on Oct. 4 against the Sacramento Kings and their preseason finale against the Phoenix Suns. The Lakers will host two games at Staples Center, including the Denver Nuggets on Oct. 7 and against the Portland Trail Blazers on Oct. 11. The Lakers will also visit Ontario’s Citizen Business Bank Arena (vs. Denver on Oct. 9).
The unique quirks to their schedule will include two games in Las Vegas, including against Sacramento on Oct 13 and Golden State on Oct 15 at T-Mobile Arena. Although they play in Las Vegas every year in preseason play, the Lakers have not hosted two exhibition games there since the 2006-07 season. The Lakers will also play in San Diego against the Golden State Warriors on Oct. 19 at Valley View Casino Center. That could became a game of intrigue considering Lakers coach Luke Walton’s connections.
Walton served as an assistant coach for Golden State the previous two seasons. Walton grew up in San Diego and starred at the University of San Diego High School. Officials also called the Lakers-Warriors game early last year because of frequent wet spots on the floor.
Tickets for games in Anaheim, Ontario, Las Vegasn and San Diego go on sale at at 10 a.m. PST on May 16. Meanwhile, tickets for the games at Staples Center will go on sale at a later date.
Fans can buy tickets for the games at Honda Center through www.ticketmaster.com and or through phone at 1-800-4-NBA-TIX. Tickets are priced at $27, $44, $79 and $129. Group seats of 15 or more are available for purchase by calling 1-714-940-2859 or visiting www.hondacenter.com.
Tickets for games in Ontario, Las Vegas and San Diego are available through www.axs.com or by phone at 1-888-9-AXS-TIX (1-888-929-7849). Tickets for the games in Las Vegas will also be available at the T-Mobile Arena Box office.
Tickets ordered for the Ontario game are priced at $25, $45, $70, $95 and $136. Tickets ordered for the Las Vegas game have various price ranges at $25, $42.50, $55, $80, $105 and $155. Tickets in San Diego are priced at $30, $45, $75 and $105. Group seats of 15 or more for the San Diego game are available for purchase by calling 1-619-363-5330 or emailing Jen@JDCgroupMarketing.com.
Tickets for the games in Anaheim have cost ranges from $27, $44, $79 and $129. Group seats of 15 or more are available for purchase by calling 1-714-940-2859 or visiting www.hondacenter.com.
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