USC Morning Buzz: A Los Angeles Sports Arena Appreciation

SPORTS.ARENA.1961-62Here is a pristine view of the L.A. Sports Arena in 1962, three years after it opened. Now that a soccer stadium will be built here, let’s remember some things that took place there: Wilt Chamberlain played his first NBA game, scoring 28 points in an exhibition between the Philadelphia Warriors and St. Louis Hawks on Sept. 30, 1959. There were also two Final Fours in 1968 and 1972. The 1960 Democratic Convention also took place in the Sports Arena. Not to mention, USC and UCLA basketball, the Lakers and Clippers along with boxing for the 1984 Olympics. And memorable Bruce Springsteen and U2 concerts.

Yes, the building declined over the years but the view from the seats was better than most modern arenas and it’s worth appreciating its history.


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Amy Okonwko Transfers To TCU

USC freshman basketball player Amy Okonwko has transferred to TCU. She is one of three freshmen basketball players (McKenzie Calvert, Chyanne Butler, Okonwko) to leave USC, with only one freshman remaining (Kristen Simon).

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Another Soccer Stadium Question

Besides parking, another question I had is USC’s control over the property or soccer stadium. Here is general counsel Todd Dickey’s response:

“USC will be subleasing the land to LAFC and we will maintain control of the land only as the landlord to ensure that the terms of our lease with the Coliseum Commission are followed.”

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