Technical Services

Loading Dock

The loading dock is located in back of stage on the event level. Four (4) trailers may be parked side by side staggered for unloading. The fifth dock services front of house or back of house due to its unique location.

  • Height of loading door = 16'
  • There are five (5) separate automatic load-level docks
  • Four (4) docks are 220 ft. from upstage center and the fifth is 190 ft. from upstage center
  • Each deck area is covered and secured with 120/208 power and additional space for parking

Production Parking

Nearby parking is available for production staff and can be arranged by the Event Manager.

Floor Specifications

  • Floor type: concrete
  • 7000psi concrete with 60psi allowable on floor
  • Floor dimensions with seating retracted: 85' w x 290'
  • Floor dimensions with dashers in: 85' w x 200'
  • Stage area: 60' w x 85'


  • Forklifts: six (6) propane forklifts
    • Brand: two (2) Yale and four (4) Caterpillar
    • Maximum for height: 15'
    • Weight capacity: two (2) at 5,000lb. & four (4) 8,000 lb.
  • Staging Units / stage stair units / guardrails:
    • 85 stage decks of 4’ x 8’ @ 2’ to 6’ heights
  • 1’ braces: 9 pieces
  • 2’ braces: 20 pieces
  • 4’ – 6’ braces: 35 pieces
    • If additional stage decks are needed, STAPLES Center can assist with renting from an outside vendor
  • 10 rolling decks of 4’ x 8’
    • 1’, 2’, 3’ heights
  • Three (3) sets of stair units
  • Guardrails:
    • 20 – 8’ guardrails
    • 5 – 4’ guardrails
  • Barricade is available up to 80’ – Straight line only
  • Scissor lift: one (1) scissor lift is available for use. Maximum height is 26’ high.


STAPLES Center is equipped with eight (8) spotlights. They are capable of providing 2,339 foot-candles at 100', 260 foot-candles at 300’ and 90 foot-candles at 450’.

  • Six (6) front lights located at the south end at a distance of approximately 320' from the typical north end stage position
  • Two (2) back lights located at the north end at a distance of approximately 100' from the typical north end stage position
  • The Eight (8) lights are Lycian Super arc 4K's, model 1293
  • The lights are equipped with 3,000-watt bulbs, but are capable of re-building to 4,000 watts
  • Spot positions prewired with comprehensive intercom for connection to roadshow communication system
  • Additional house positions equipped with power and communication available for road units. Inquire with the Event Manager
  • Please note, the spots lights are in a permanently fixed position and cannot be relocated. If spotlights are required in a different location, please contact the Event Manager to assist with renting additional spotlights.

Strobe Light & Specialty Lighting Package

The below are available for rent – please contact the Event Manager.

  • Four (4) – 40’ trusses with 10 VL3000 Wash lights: 12 VL3000 Spots with CYM color mixing with prisms, 3 effect wheels capable of holding 6 gobo’s each: 12 Data Flash Strobes
  • 16 VLX Moving lights – LED Color Mixing and 12 VL3000 lights with CYM color mixing, 3 Gobo wheels w/prisms) under scoreboard


  • Lakers and Sparks court: Robbins Floor
  • Clippers court: Horner Floor
  • Freight elevators: 2 freight elevators which goes to the Event Level, Main Concourse, Suite Levels A, B, C and Upper Concourse. Maximum weight capacity is 6,000 pounds. Dimensions: 14’ d X 7.10’ w x 9.6’ h
  • Height to highest seat: 110 feet from the floor.
  • Dimensions of 3 main voms on Event Level:
    • north west vom (stage right): 17’ wide x 10.2’ high (can be raised another 4’ high)
    • north center vom (upstage center): 16.5’ wide x 10.2’ high
    • north east vom (stage left): 16.5’ wide x 10.2’ high
  • There are three (3) backstage crew restrooms available for men and women.
  • Backstage room for crew meals is available stage right in the Chick Hearn Press Room
  • Bus Parking: when available, bus parking is available on site. Please contact the Event Manager for availability.
  • Furniture: please contact the Event Manager for a list of available furniture
  • Concert drapes / blacks: For north end stage events, the arena is equipped with concert drapes for behind the stage. Drapes start at Section 322 / PR 18 (stage right) all the way to Section 331 / PR 1 (stage left). Dimensions: 220’ wide x 90’ high. Please contact the Event Manager for more additional information.
  • Decorations are not permitted on ceilings, painted surfaces, columns, fabric and portable folding partitions, decorative walls or fire sprinklers. All decorative materials must have the California Seal of approval for being flame retardant. The certificates must be presented upon arrival. If you are unable to produce these seals prior to your arrival contact the Event Manager for help in securing these documents. Upon request, STAPLES Center personnel will install large decorations, banners, etc. for which the licensee will be charged in accordance with the prevailing rates. NO HELIUM BALLOONS, ADHESIVE-BACKED DECALS, SIGNS ARE PERMITTED TO BE DISTRIBUTED OR USED INSIDE THE ARENA. Upon approval by the Event Manager, helium balloons may be used outside the arena.

Arena Sound System

Main Clusters

  • Eight (8) clusters of JBL’s VT4889DPDA three-way powered line array modules will be used for the main system. Each cluster contains between 11 and 13 cabinets in each array. This is premier array loudspeaker series used in many international tours and special events.

Fill Clusters

  • Two (2) Fill clusters will cover the end seating areas during basketball games. Each cluster contains four (4) VT4889DPDA cabinets.

Subwoofer Clusters

  • Four (4) subwoofer clusters each with six (6) JBL VT4880A dual. 18” subwoofers will handle the low end for the system to create a full range musical system.

Staples Center Audio Console – Soundcraft Vi1

The new Staples Center console is the Soundcraft Vi1 Digital Live Sound Console. The Vi1 uses a VistonicsTM touch screen user interface, developed by Studer for the gold standard of the industry, the Studer Vista series of consoles. This interface puts the complex audio controls in a highly useable wide screen format which provides simple access that is within reach for any operator. Rotary encoders are embedded into the display to provide dynamic interaction between the physical controls and the digital settings. Settings can be stored and recalled as needed which will allow the operator to save some time by easily recalling settings used for NHL, NBA or special events.

In addition, the microphone preamplifier and audio signal path on the Vi1 is the same great audio quality found on the larger Vi Series consoles which is ensured by the 40-bit floating point DSP running the same algorithms as the larger consoles in the Vi family. In addition, effects come courtesy of our colleagues at Lexicon, with graphic EQs from industry leaders BSS Audio.

Audio Equipment

  • Shure Axient System 470-698 MHz Freq. G1
    • 1: Shure Axient Spectrum Manager 470-952 MHz
    • 8: channels of Shure Axient receivers and transmitters with KSM 9 Capsules
    • 2: battery charging modules
    • 1: wideband antenna distro
    • 1: Axient 9 port Ethernet switch
  • Clear Com
    • 32: Clear Com RS-701 single channel belt packs
    • 20: CC-300 single ear muff headsets
    • 16: CC-400 double ear muff headsets
    • 1: RM-702 2 channel main station power supply
    • 2: Telex TR-800 wireless base station (Block A2)
    • 8: TR-800 wireless belt packs


  • Total capacity available at S.L. is 500 KVA/1400A 3 ph
  • Total capacity available at S.R. is 500 KVA/1400A 3 ph
  • Total capacity available at dock for bay positions #1-4 is 300 KVA/820A 3 ph
  • Total capacity available at dock for bay position #5 is 500 KVA/1400A 3 ph
  • Total capacity available at lot is 450 KVA/1250A 3ph daytime and 400 KVA/1100A nighttime
  • Total capacity available at catwalk is 660 KVA/1800 3 ph

Stage Left

  • 1x100A disconnect with cam-locks (emergency power)
  • 4x400A disconnect with cam-locks

Stage Right

  • 5x400A disconnect with cam-locks

Loading Dock

  • 2x200A disconnect with cam-locks (emergency power)
  • 4x200A disconnect with cam-locks
  • 1x100A disconnect with cam-locks
  • 3x400A disconnect with cam-locks

Top of Ramp

  • 4x200A disconnect with cam-locks
  • 2x60A Pin & Sleeve (560P9W connector)
  • 6x50A Twist-Lock (CS-6364C connector, 1ph)
  • 12x20A household outlets


  • 4x120A disconnects (tail connect). Need to provide a switch.
  • 4x400A Breakers with Cam-locks (tail Connect)
    1. Only 2 are available if the Scoreboard in in use.
  • 1x100A breaker (tail connect)
  • 2x200A disconnects with cam-locks

Temporary Power Policy Reference


The primary function of the STAPLES Center Temporary Power Policy is to ensure the safety of all employees, contractors, and visiting professionals who work with or around electrical equipment and distribution systems, and install and operate temporary power equipment. The secondary function of the policy is to protect the facilities electrical equipment from damage caused by improperly protected temporary power installations. This policy is necessary because of the accelerated pace at which temporary power and/or show power is typically installed. The Temporary Power Policy addresses the roles of various entities, and sets standards for installing temporary power equipment within or related to the facility.


This policy applies to all temporary power installations whether related to a theatrical performance, a traveling rock show, or any other activity or event at, or related to STAPLES Center requiring the installation of temporary power. Since all temporary power installations ultimately connect to the base building electrical systems, this policy encompasses all areas and activities at STAPLES Center. This program applies to everyone performing work at STAPLES Center including, but not limited to, permanent and temporary STAPLES Center employees, visiting professionals, subcontractors, vendors, etc.


  • STAPLES Center Lockout/Tagout Program
  • N.E.C., the "National Electrical Code" (NEC)
  • NFPA 70E, "Electrical Safety Requirements for Employee Workplaces"
  • 29 CFR 1910.147 "The Control of Hazardous Energy" (Lockout/Tagout)
  • 29 CFR 1910.331-335 (OSHA) "Electrical Safety-Related Work Practices

General Requirements

  • Temporary power installations are subject to permits and permit inspections by the City of Los Angeles, Department of Building and Safety - Electrical Inspection Division. Fees vary according to the number of connections and size of equipment.
  • Included as Appendix A of this policy is the STAPLES Center STANDARD FOR TEMPORARY POWER INSTALLATIONS. This standard serves as a reference for STAPLES Center employees, vendors, sub-contractors and visiting professionals. Note: Some of these standards may be more stringent than those found in the N.E.C.
  • N.F.P.A. 70E is to be used by all STAPLES Center employees and subcontractors performing electrical service work, installations, etc. within, around, or on behalf of STAPLES Center or any of its affiliates. The STAPLES Center Electrical Safety Program encompasses the applications of electrical safety requirements, standards, and regulations including OSHA, NEC, NFPA and the National Electric Safety Code (ANSI C2).
  • At no time shall any employee, vendor, sub-contractor or visiting professional intentionally violate the rules and standards set forth herein.

Design Requirements

  • STAPLES Center Fabricated Equipment - Listed components shall be used and the design shall comply with the general requirements (i.e. NEC, etc.).
  • Vendor Fabricated Equipment - Listed components shall be used and certification is required from the manufacturer that the equipment complies with NEC, etc. Certification requirements should be included in the purchasing documents (i.e., statement of work, contract specifications, etc).
  • Foreign Manufactured/Fabricated Equipment - The Supplier of foreign manufactured equipment will have to provide documentation that demonstrates "equivalency" with the requirements of the NEC or corresponding guidelines established by nationally recognized testing laboratories (UL/CSA, etc.). The end user will be required to provide the equivalency certification during the pre-use inspection.
  • Facilities-Qualified STAPLES Center employees shall review installations requiring moderate to large power demand (i.e., those requiring a disconnect switch) to ensure that adequate power is available.

Installation Approval

  • Temporary Power installations: Connection of temporary power equipment to base building electrical systems shall only be performed by qualified STAPLES Center Operating Engineers.
  • Temporary Power Equipment: Connection of temporary power equipment downstream of the point of connection to the base building's electrical system shall only be performed by Local 33 (I.A.T.S.E.).
  • Joint Inspection Prior to Energizing: Whenever possible at least one qualified STAPLES Center Operating Engineer and one qualified I.A.T.S.E. Local 33 Electrician shall inspect each temporary power installation prior to energizing.

Work Authority

  • Work on or near energized systems that incorporate hazardous circuits shall be strenuously avoided. A hazardous circuit is defined as one operating at greater than 50 Volts, or operating a 50 Volts or less with a current greater than 5 mA, or a hazardous energy level exceeding 10 joules. This includes the maintenance and repair of all electrical equipment within, or related to STAPLES Center. This applies to both STAPLES Center employees and contractors/vendors. When it cannot be avoided, only qualified personnel who have been trained to work safely on energized circuits shall perform the work.
  • If a temporary power installation activity requires employees to work near or with unshielded energized electrical components, hazard and precautionary measures must be addressed. Individuals performing these tasks must adhere to safety-related work practices at all times to prevent electric shock or other electrically induced injuries.
  • Note: Taking voltage and current measurements using standard test equipment such as voltmeters and current probes is considered performing work on energized systems.

The following safe work practices must be adhered to when working with energized systems:

Observer Rule

At least one additional person must always be present whenever work is performed on an energized system. One person must be assigned as a safety watch and will not participate in the actual work being performed. The safety watch must be within sight and hearing from the person performing the electrical work (less than 50 feet) and must be trained in emergency response procedures including CPR. The observer must have a radio capable of contacting STAPLES Center Security at all times throughout the activity.

Personal Protective Equipment (PPE)

Workers must wear appropriate PPE rubber-soled shoes, appropriately classed "Hot" gloves, protective eyewear, flash suits rated for the proper level of potential arc, and headgear if necessary, and use insulated hand tools.

Preplanning and Safety

Before work begins, the sequence of events for the project should be planned, and appropriate written safety procedures should be established.

Tools and Equipment

All tools that will be required for the job should be readily available and inspected to ensure that they are in good working order. Only qualified workers shall operate tools and equipment.

Posted Warnings and Barricades

Safety signs shall be posted to warn other employees of potential electrical hazards. In addition, barricades will be used when necessary to limit access to work areas where there is a potential for contact with exposed or un-insulated energized conductors.

Work Stoppage

If unsafe conditions develop during work process, the work shall be suspended and the Electrical Safety Coordinator must be immediately notified.

Standard for Temporary Power Installations

  • Maximum permitted current flow through power cables shall not be greater than 100 percent of the lowest rated portion of the assembly.
  • Welding cable is not permitted.
  • Cable listed in Article 400 of the N.E.C. as "Portable power cable", or "Flexible Stage and Lighting Cable", and rated for "Extra Hard Use", such as Type W, G, GGC, and SC (Stage Cable) are acceptable for use as feeders only where surface stamped and equipped with appropriately sized connectors of proper voltage rating and configuration.
  • Type S, SO, SEOW, SON and other recognized "Hard Service Portable Cable" types are permitted as branch circuit cable only when equipped with dead-front connectors approved for amperages required, and voltages used. Multi-conductor cable sets shall be de-rated per N.E.C.; as a general guideline the minimum applies:

6 Circuit multi's on 20-amp circuits shall be 12 awg. / 2.5 square millimeters (e.g. Soca, Veam etc.) for stage use unless it can be demonstrated that connected loads are:

  • Less than 1000-watts per circuit
  • Connected to non-continuous loads
  • Protected by appropriate over-current devices

As a general rule, ampacity of single conductor cable sets is as follows:

  • 4/0 - 400 amps where run in free air and unbundled
  • 2/0 - 200 amps where run in free air and unbundled
  • #2 - 100 amps where run in free air and unbundled
  • #6 - 60 amps where run in free air and unbundled
  • Cables which are bundled or run in such a manner as to reduce conductor cooling shall be de-rated pursuant to the direction of STAPLES Center Engineering Department and/or STAPLES Center Local 33 Head Electrician.
  • Camlok connectors on 400 amp circuits shall be double setscrew type.
  • All equipment shall be grounded at all times. The "lifting" of power grounds to mobile vans, TV trucks, and the like to solve loop problems is not permitted. Solutions to signal ground problems are available through STAPLES Center Broadcasting Department.
  • Camloks found to be in poor condition must be replaced immediately. STAPLES Center reserves the right to refuse to install camloks that they deem in poor condition.
  • Where cable sets are installed in such a manner as to be subject to mechanical or environmental damage, suitable approved cable ramps shall be provided. Rubber mat runners will only be accepted where pedestrian-only traffic is present. In all cases where machinery, heavy road cases, vehicular or other abusive passage may occur, rigid protection (e.g. plywood ramping, Yellow Jackets, etc.) shall be provided.
  • The use of under-carpet (flat) cables is permitted only if assemblies are double-jacketed, equipped with appropriately designed connectors for use on such flat cables and bear evidence of a 600-volt rating. Under-carpet cables are not permitted where subject to vehicular or hard-wheeled rolling stock traffic.
  • Connected equipment racks (dimmers or power distros), which have more than 50% HID load are to be provided with 200% neutral capacity. This is most prevalent with systems containing HID source automated lighting instruments. The show is expected to provide required cable set(s) to satisfy this requirement between traveling equipment and facility connection switches.
  • Strain relief shall be a method acceptable to STAPLES Center and shall be discussed and approved in advance of installation.
  • Under no circumstances shall flammable materials be used as strain relief, dressing of cables, etc.
  • Temporary power connections, 'tails' shall only be energized by qualified STAPLES Center employees after visually inspecting that each conductor is properly installed.
  • Open camlok tails shall not be energized until they are connected to a suitable switch, or made safe.
  • When more than one cable is run per phase, the cables shall be impedance matched, (dimensionally equal; e.g. same length, same diameter, etc.).
  • STAPLES Center transformers shall be loaded to not greater than 100 percent of their rated capacity.
  • All equipment, devices, instruments, etc. shall be listed by a Nationally Recognized Testing Laboratory; e.g. Underwriters Laboratories Inc., Canadian Standards Institute, etc. The Los Angeles Department of Building and Safety may not allow the use of equipment listed with certain independent testing laboratories.
  • The rules, guidelines and standards set forth herein may be changed at any time by the management of STAPLES Center.
  • STAPLES Center employees, sub-contractors, vendors, I.A.T.S.E. employees, and visiting professional shall follow N.F.P.A. 70E guidelines as a minimum when working at STAPLES Center.

Hard Hat Policy

The STAPLES Center Hard Hat Safety Policy is designed to comply with the 1910.135 Head Protection standard enacted by the Occupational Safety and Health Administration (OSHA). Compliance with hard hat policy is mandatory for all workers, regardless of employer, who work or perform at STAPLES Center.

The use of hard hats is a mandatory requirement of OSHA for all workers under 29 CFR 1910.135 (a)(1) which states, “Each affected employee shall wear protective helmets when working in areas where there is a potential for injury to the head from falling objects.”

Hard hats must be worn in accordance with the manufacturers guidelines when:

Overhead work is being performed

  • Hard hats are required for all employees that work below overhead activities such as rigging, climbing, hoisting, etc.

Overhead work is performed on elevated working space

  • Hard hats are required for all employees that work below elevated surfaces that are being used. Elevated working spaces include catwalks, footbridges, attics, aerial lifts, etc.

A worker’s head is exposed to electrical circuitry or electrical conduits

  • Hard hats are required for all employees that work with and in close proximity to unshielded electrical equipment.

Restricted access areas are designated

  • Hard hats may be required in designated areas of the building (indoors or outdoors) on a temporary or permanent basis. Workers must not enter designated hard hat areas without authorization and a hard hat. Additional personal protective equipment (such as a high visibility vest, goggles, ear plugs, etc.) may be required to enter restricted access areas.

As required by STAPLES Center Management

  • Workers must wear hard hats when building management determines there is a potentially hazardous condition which can negatively affect the health and safety of workers.

Hard hats provided protection from falling objects, protrusions and contact with electrical hazards. Class G (General) – Type I hard hats are acceptable for most instances where head protection is required, including when employees are exposed to electrical voltages not exceeding 2,000 volts. When working with high-voltage electricity (between 2,000 to 20,000 volts), Class E (Electrical) – Type I hard hats are required. Bump caps (also referred to as a rock climber hard hats) are acceptable when employees are working in confined areas with low clearances or protruding objects. Bump caps provide no protection for the face of the worker. Usually, bump caps feature a chin-strap which prevents the bump cap from falling off.

Employees must inspect the hard hats for wear, damage and proper fit prior to each use. Hard hats must be adjusted to ensure the hard hat fits securely on the head. The adjustable headband and the inner liner of the hard hat must not be modified beyond the intended use. The bill of the hard hat must be worn to the front at all times. Damaged or defective hard hats must be taken out of service and discarded. Stickers can be applied to the outside shell of the hard hat as long as the use and function of the hard hat is not compromised. Paints and stains should never be used on a hard hat. Hard hats can be cleaned using mild soap and other non-abrasive cleaning agents.

Contractors, vendors and tenants and their employees are required to adhere to STAPLES Center Hard Hat Safety Policy. Employers of workers who do not follow STAPLES Center policy may be subject to fines, citations and penalties in accordance with OSHA regulations. STAPLES Center assumes no responsibility for independent contractors, third-parties or statutory employees that fail to adhere to STAPLES Center Hard Hat Safety Policy.

The health and safety of every worker is the primary concern of STAPLES Center. All workers are encouraged to report unsafe conditions to the building management promptly.