Last Updated on November 24, 2019 by Laurice W
The Staples Center is home to the NBA’s Los Angeles Lakers, Los Angeles Clippers, NHL’s Kings, and WNBA’s Sparks. They also put on a wide array of concerts and other special events. Whether you’re visiting the Staples Center for a sports game or to watch your favorite musician perform, parking will likely be something you’ll need to worry about. Since the venue is located in downtown Los Angeles, finding inexpensive Staples Center parking can be even more difficult than other popular Los Angeles venues like the Hollywood Bowl or Dodger Stadium.
Check out our guide to learn what the cheapest and most convenient lots are, as well as unique ways to save money or time.
Does Staples Center Have Parking?
The Staples Center has around 3,300 official parking spaces that are owned by the venue. Additionally, there are over 10,000 spots available at private parking lots within a 7–10 minute walking distance. There is also some metered street parking in the area surrounding Staples Center. The average parking rates are as follows.
Prices for Parking at Staples Center
Lot C (most popular): Prepaid on Stubhub or Ticketmaster for $7–$15 or $25 day of event.
Lot W: $10–$30 depending on the event (opens 3.5 hours before event time – recommended for events over 3 hours)
Lot E: $10 first 2 hours, $10 each additional ½ hour, $30 daily max
Lot C: opens 2.5 hours before the event begins. All other lots open 1.5 hours before the beginning of the event.
Designated Staples Center parking is available for handicapped guests that have a current state-issued disability placard or license plate. These accessible parking spots are located in the West Garage and the East Garage, as well as Lots 4, 8, 9, and 10.
Space for oversized vehicles is very limited at the Staples Center, so they recommend all oversize vehicles make arrangements 10 days prior to the event. You can do so by calling (213)-765-6815 to purchase a parking pass.
If you haven’t made a previous arrangement, general parking for oversized vehicles is sold on a first-come, first-serve basis and typically fills up quickly.
Designated motorcycle parking is located in the West Garage on level P1 (it costs the same as a regular car).
Electric Vehicle Charging Stations
There are sixteen EV charging stations in the two parking facilities on the L.A. LIVE campus. The Lot W garage has 8 charging stations (1005 W. Chick Hearn Ct.) while the Lot E Garage also has 8 charging stations (800 W. Olympic Blvd.) These are located near pedestrian access points of the garages.
It costs $1 per hour to charge for the first four hours, then $3 per hour afterward.
How to Save on Parking Near the Staples Center
Take the Metro
The metro is making transportation for Los Angeles locals and visitors much more convenient. Depending on where you’re coming from, there are a variety of routes you can take to get to the Staples center. Their website shows a few directions from different cities, but you can also use the Metro trip planner to find the quickest lines to take. The blue line is the closest stop.
What Metro stop is the Staples Center?
For the Blue and Expo lines, Pico Station is where you’ll need to get off to get to the Staples Center. It’s a quick 10-minute walk to the venue. There is also the 7th Street/Metro Center station if you’re taking the Red or Purple line, which is a slightly further walk.
Important Tip: You can still take the Metro if you don’t live near a station! Many of their stations offer free parking, then you can simply take the train to the stop. Check on their website to see which stations offer this.
Take the Bus
In some cases, the regular bus might be a more convenient way to get to the arena and avoid hecting Staples Center parking. The downtown Los Angeles area is serviced by Metro Bus lines 30, 81, 439, 442, 460, and the Silver Line stop near L.A. LIVE. The bus you need to take will always depend on where you’re coming from, so make sure to check on their trip planner (this is the same as the Metro trip planner).
There is also a DASH bus, which stops several times near L.A. Live on Figueroa Street.
You can pay for your event parking ahead of time through the Staple Center box office and through Ticketmaster. Also, Stubhub usually has plenty of Lot C parking passes available for under $20 (this is the top lot for cheap parking near Staples Center). You can also purchase prepaid parking when purchasing your event ticket online. Although this isn’t much cheaper, it will likely save you some time as it will direct you to the exact parking lot to avoid delays.
There is metered parking on nearby streets available, but these fill up quickly. You’ll have to get lucky to grab one of these spots.
If you want to avoid post-event traffic, you might want to park in a free neighborhood within a mile or two and take an inexpensive Uber. However, this may be more difficult to find as the venue is located in downtown Los Angeles. Make sure to check parking signs to see if you need a parking permit or if there are time limitations – you don’t want to get a ticket (or get towed in a worst case scenario).
Overall, there are a few ways to find cheap Staples Center parking or just avoid the hassle of parking altogether. If you plan to drive, it might just be worth it to purchase parking from the official Staples Center lots. You can easily purchase from the basic lots online for $7–$15. This isn’t too expensive – you’ll likely pay the same amount even if you take public transportation.