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Staples Center Groundbreaking Ceremonies to Take Place with Sports Superstars and Political Officials On-Hand for Historic Day
BW0093  MAR 26,1998       7:02  PACIFIC      10:02  EASTERN

( BW)(STAPLES)(SPLS) REMINDER/Staples Center Groundbreaking Ceremonies to Take Place with Sports Superstars and Political Officials On-Hand for Historic Day


    News/Assignment Editors and Sports/Entertainment Writers
    REMINDER...for Thursday (March 26)

    --(BUSINESS WIRE)--

     WHAT: The official groundbreaking ceremony for STAPLES Center,
          Los Angeles' new $300 million state-of-the-art sports and
          entertainment complex which will be the home of the Los
          Angeles Kings and Los Angeles Lakers sports franchises and
          national entertainment events.
               The festivities will feature the ceremonial
          "turning-of-the-soil" on the precise location where center
          ice and center court will be when the arena is completed for
          the 1999 hockey and basketball seasons.

     WHO: ABC network sportscaster Al Michaels will emcee the historic
          ceremonies which will include speeches by L.A. Arena Company
          partners and Los Angeles Kings owners Philip F. Anschutz and
          Edward P. Roski, Jr., L.A. Arena Company and Los Angeles
          Kings President Timothy J. Leiweke, Los Angeles Mayor
          Richard Riordan and President of the Los Angeles City
          Council John Ferraro.
               Also on hand will be Los Angeles Lakers owner Dr. Jerry
          Buss, Lakers executive vice president of Basketball
          Operations Jerry West, Los Angeles Kings vice
          president/general manager Dave Taylor, Los Angeles city
          officials and others.

     SPECIAL PHOTO OPPORTUNITY: Los Angeles sports superstars Luc
          Robitaille and Shaquille O'Neal will make a special
          appearance "arriving appropriately" to the construction
          site.

     WHEN: Thursday, March 26, 1998 
           1:30 p.m. PST (lunch will be provided for the media 
             beginning at 1:00 p.m.)

     WHERE: Center Ice at STAPLES Center
            11th and Figueroa Streets (formerly the Convention 
              Center's North Hall)

     NOTE TO EDITORS: Your News and Photo Coverage is Invited by RSVP


   

     CONTACT:  STAPLES Center
               Michael Roth, 310/330-2468
               or
               Los Angeles Kings
               Mike Altieri, 310/419-3838
               or
               Cerrell & Associates
               Matt Klink, 213/466-3445