Sports Museum Headed to Staples Center?
These items, ranging from a 1935 Pittsburgh basketball league trophy to early hockey equipment, are part of window displays currently installed on the Figueroa side of Staples Center.
DOWNTOWN LOS ANGELES — Nothing has been announced, but a set of window displays hint that there may be a deal in place to bring memorabilia from Gary Cypres' Sports Museum of Los Angeles to the former Fox Sports Sky Box at Staples Center.
The space, located next to the VIP entrance on the north side of the arena, has sat empty this basketball season. Staples Center GM Lee Zeidman had told blogdowntown in October that he hoped to have a use announced within two weeks, but no deal was ever announced.
Currently in the Figueroa street windows are displays ranging from race car history to old baseball bats, a history of sports in the movies and an old coin-operated baseball game.
It's the eclectic nature of the exhibits that points to a partnership with Cypres, who in late 2008 opened his warehouse at Washington and Main to the public for a brief period. His 10,000 item collection is billed as the "largest known private collection of iconic sports artifacts, collectibles and memorabilia in the United States."
A representative from Staples Center today declined to comment on what was coming, but said more information would be available next week.