Fans can now use FREE Wi-Fi at STAPLES Center thanks to a partnership with Verizon Wireless

May 16, 2013

New Wi-Fi Coverage Extends Throughout the Arena

LOS ANGELES (May 16, 2013) - Fans at STAPLES Center can now stream video, send pictures and post to social media sites on their wireless devices, using a fast and free Wi-Fi service. "STAPLES Center Wi-Fi powered by Verizon" is available throughout the arena, giving guests another option to wirelessly share the excitement during STAPLES Center's more than 250 annual games, concerts, shows and special events. Additionally, Nokia Plaza L.A. LIVE and Verizon Wireless will provide guests access to the free Wi-Fi service beginning May 21st, 2013.

"We are incredibly excited to launch our own Wi-Fi network designed and powered by our partners at Verizon and that we are able to provide our guests with a high quality connectivity Wi-Fi experience," Lee Zeidman, STAPLES Center, Nokia Theatre and L.A. LIVE Sr. Vice President and General Manager. "Additionally the reliability and access will encourage our fans to use popular social networks like Facebook, Twitter, Instagram and Foursquare to share their experiences while at STAPLES Center and L.A. LIVE."

"Providing a world class customer experience is our top priority at Verizon Wireless and that includes giving customers options" said Luis Cruz, region president of Verizon Wireless. "Our partnership with STAPLES Center delivers a powerful solution to our customers, allowing them to better manage their wireless data usage by choosing WiFi for video streaming and other services. They'll be able switch back and forth between WiFi and our award-winning 4G LTE network."

"STAPLES Center Wi-Fi powered by Verizon" provides full coverage throughout the arena, including the seating bowl, inside all 166 suites and on the suite levels, the upper and main concourse areas and in all back of house areas which include the locker rooms, dressing rooms, press rooms and production offices.

Guests can connect to the new service by turning on Wi-Fi on their wireless devices and selecting "VerizonWiFi" from the list of available networks.

Media Contacts:

Cara Vanderhook
STAPLES Center
cvanderhook@staplescenter.com
213-742-7273

Ken Muché
Verizon Wireless
Ken.Muche@verizonwireless.com
949-286-8193

About STAPLES Center

STAPLES Center, has clearly established itself as the sports and entertainment center of the world. As the home of four professional sports franchises - the NBA's Los Angeles Lakers and Los Angeles Clippers, the NHL's 2012 Stanley Cup Champions Los Angeles Kings and the WNBA's Los Angeles Sparks - STAPLES Center has proven to be a home court advantage for the local teams. The AEG owned and operated arena continues to distinguish itself as the host of major, high-profile events of national and international distinction including the 2004 & 2011 NBA All-Star Game, the 2002 NHL All-Star Game, the 2000 Democratic National Convention and 2009 World Figure Skating Championships, twelve GRAMMY Award shows as well as the annual X Games competitions. STAPLES Center's thirteen years have also been marked with performances and special events that brought international stature to the downtown Los Angeles venue including concerts by Bruce Springsteen and the E Street Band (who played the arena's first-ever public event on October 17, 1999), Mana, Prince, U2, Paul McCartney, Garth Brooks, Usher, Jay-Z, Kanye West, Taylor Swift, Roger Waters, Britney Spears, Beyonce, Katy Perry, Sade and Justin Timberlake, as well as world championship boxing, family shows and special events. Hosting over 250 events a year, the arena's reputation for world-class amenities, features and commitment to quality of service and the guest experience is second to none.

About Verizon Wireless

Verizon Wireless operates the nation's largest 4G LTE network and largest, most reliable 3G network. The company serves 98.9 million retail customers, including 93.2 million retail postpaid customers.  Headquartered in Basking Ridge, N.J., with more than 73,000 employees nationwide, Verizon Wireless is a joint venture of Verizon Communications (NYSE, NASDAQ: VZ) and Vodafone (LSE, NASDAQ: VOD).  For more information, visit www.verizonwireless.com.  For the latest news and updates about Verizon Wireless, visit our News Center at http://news.verizonwireless.com or follow us on Twitter at http://twitter.com/VZWNews.

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