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Finals Shows Potential of LA Live

By Ed Fuentes
Published: Wednesday, June 11, 2008, at 11:08AM
Running The Fast Break Ed Fuentes

Some Laker fans had to run a fast break to Staples Center due to traffic and a 6pm game time. It didn't foil this couple crossing Olympic Blvd.

Last night's gathering at the Redwood Bar & Grill was an enjoyable evening, with a Lakers win mixed with blog talk and discussion of all things Downtown. With additional HDTV screens newly installed and house speakers pumping in the game play-by-play, the Redwood is a definite place to put on your list of where to watch a game.

Watching a game on TV, it's the helicopter shots around commercial breaks that really show off how the under-construction LA Live is changing the game around Staples Center.

An hour before tip off, I was in Chick Hearn Court to get a look at the crowd where frankly, the arriving Laker fans (and a few Celtic fans) rushing from the Metro and nearby parking lots were more aggressive than the two teams on the floor.

But one can see the how this area is set to accommodate lots of fans, even if they don't have tickets next to Jack, or in the nosebleed seats. And once Chick Hearn Court is closed to create a pedestrian space that connects to LA Live's dining and bars, it's sure to be a street party worthy of other urban centers.

The Daily News hit on a similar topic on Saturday, talking up the livlier look around Staples. The real change, though, comes next year. Right now there's just construction. Next year is when the opened venues really kick in life.

For now, I was able to Metro over to the Redwood Bar & Grill minutes by tipoff to watch a sluggish win with some lively friends.


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