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Encyclopedia > The Forum (Inglewood, California)
The Forum
The "Fabulous" Forum, Los Angeles Forum, L.A. Forum
The Forum
Location 3900 W. Manchester Blvd.
Inglewood, California 90305
Broke ground 1965
Opened 1967
Owner Faithful Central Bible Church, Forum Enterprises, Inc.
Operator SMG
Construction cost $16 million USD
Architect Charles Luckman Associates
Former names The Forum (1967-1988)
Great Western Forum (1988-2003)
Tenants
Los Angeles Lakers (NBA) (1967-1999)
Los Angeles Sparks (WNBA) (1997-2000)
Los Angeles Kings (NHL) (1967-1999)
Los Angeles Lazers (MISL) (1982-1989)
Los Angeles United (CISL) (1993)
Los Angeles Stars (ABA) (2000-2001)
Capacity
Basketball: 17,505
Hockey: 16,005
Concerts: 18,000

The Forum, known for a time as the Great Western Forum, is an indoor arena in Inglewood, California owned by the Faithful Central Bible Church, which uses it for its Sunday morning service. Image File history File linksMetadata Download high-resolution version (3800x2500, 3066 KB) File links The following pages on the English Wikipedia link to this file (pages on other projects are not listed): The Forum (Inglewood, California) Metadata This file contains additional information, probably added from the digital camera or scanner... Nickname: Location of Inglewood in Los Angeles County, California Coordinates: , Country United States State California County Los Angeles Established 1888 Incorporated February 14, 1908 Government  - Mayor Roosevelt F. Dorn Area  - City  9. ... 1965 (MCMLXV) was a common year starting on Friday (the link is to a full 1965 calendar). ... 1967 (MCMLXVII) was a common year starting on Sunday of the Gregorian calendar (the link is to a full 1967 calendar). ... SMG, formerly known as Spectacor Management Group, is a worldwide property management group that specializes in managing publicly owned facilities. ... ISO 4217 Code USD User(s) the United States, the British Indian Ocean Territory,[1] the British Virgin Islands, East Timor, Ecuador, El Salvador, the Marshall Islands, Micronesia, Palau, Panama, Turks and Caicos Islands, and the insular areas of the United States Inflation 2. ... Charles Luckman (1909 Kansas City–January 26, 1999 Los Angeles) was a businessman and an American architect, famous as the Boy Wonder of American Business when he was named president of the Pepsodent toothpaste company in 1939 at the age of thirty. ... 1967 (MCMLXVII) was a common year starting on Sunday of the Gregorian calendar (the link is to a full 1967 calendar). ... Year 1988 (MCMLXXXVIII) was a leap year starting on Friday (link displays 1988 Gregorian calendar). ... Great Western Bank (previously known as Great Western Savings & Loan) was a large consumer bank that operated primarily n the Western United States. ... Year 1988 (MCMLXXXVIII) was a leap year starting on Friday (link displays 1988 Gregorian calendar). ... 2003 (MMIII) was a common year starting on Wednesday of the Gregorian calendar. ... Lakers logo 1966-1991 The Los Angeles Lakers are a National Basketball Association (NBA) team based in Los Angeles, California. ... The National Basketball Association of the United States and Canada, commonly known as the NBA, is the premier professional basketball league in North America. ... 1967 (MCMLXVII) was a common year starting on Sunday of the Gregorian calendar (the link is to a full 1967 calendar). ... Year 1999 (MCMXCIX) was a common year starting on Friday (link will display full 1999 Gregorian calendar). ... Since their inception, the Sparks have been a focal point of the league. ... WNBA may also refer to WNBA-AM, a radio station in Illinois. ... Year 1997 (MCMXCVII) was a common year starting on Wednesday (link will display full 1997 Gregorian calendar). ... 2000 (MM) was a leap year starting on Saturday of the Gregorian calendar. ... The Los Angeles Kings are a professional ice hockey team based in Los Angeles, California, USA. They are members of the Pacific Division of the Western Conference of the National Hockey League (NHL). ... NHL can also be an abbreviation for National Historic Landmark or Non-Hodgkins lymphoma. ... 1967 (MCMLXVII) was a common year starting on Sunday of the Gregorian calendar (the link is to a full 1967 calendar). ... Year 1999 (MCMXCIX) was a common year starting on Friday (link will display full 1999 Gregorian calendar). ... The Los Angeles Lazers were a soccer team based out of Los Angeles that played in the Major Soccer League. ... This article is about the 1978-1992 Major Indoor Soccer League. ... Year 1982 (MCMLXXXII) was a common year starting on Friday (link displays the 1982 Gregorian calendar). ... Year 1989 (MCMLXXXIX) was a common year starting on Sunday (link displays 1989 Gregorian calendar). ... The Anaheim Splash was a soccer team that played in the Continental Indoor Soccer League (CISL). ... The Continental Indoor Soccer League was an indoor soccer league that played from 1993 to 1997. ... Year 1993 (MCMXCIII) was a common year starting on Friday (link will display full 1993 Gregorian calendar). ... Los Angeles Stars is the name of three American Basketball Association (ABA) teams based in Los Angeles, California. ... The American Basketball Association (ABA) is a mens basketball league founded in 1999. ... 2000 (MM) was a leap year starting on Saturday of the Gregorian calendar. ... Year 2001 (MMI) was a common year starting on Monday (link displays the 2001 Gregorian calendar). ... Basketball is a team sport in which two teams of five active players each try to score points against one another by throwing a ball through a 10-foot high hoop (the basket) under organized rules. ... Ice hockey, known simply as hockey in areas where it is more common than field hockey, is a team sport played on ice. ... A concert comprises a performance, usually involving some degree of formality, and particularly a performance featuring music. ... The following is a list of indoor arenas. ... Nickname: Location of Inglewood in Los Angeles County, California Coordinates: , Country United States State California County Los Angeles Established 1888 Incorporated February 14, 1908 Government  - Mayor Roosevelt F. Dorn Area  - City  9. ... Faithful Central Bible Church is a megachurch with a congregation that is largely African-American. ... In Christianity, a church service is a term used to describe a formalized period of worship, often but not exclusively occurring on Sunday, or Saturday in the case of a church practicing Sabbatarianism. ...


The Forum achieved its greatest fame as the home of the Los Angeles Lakers of the National Basketball Association (NBA) and of the Los Angeles Kings of the National Hockey League from 1967 until 1999, when the teams moved to Staples Center. Lakers logo 1966-1991 The Los Angeles Lakers are a National Basketball Association (NBA) team based in Los Angeles, California. ... “NBA” redirects here. ... The Los Angeles Kings are a professional ice hockey team based in Los Angeles, California, USA. They are members of the Pacific Division of the Western Conference of the National Hockey League (NHL). ... “NHL” redirects here. ... 1967 (MCMLXVII) was a common year starting on Sunday of the Gregorian calendar (the link is to a full 1967 calendar). ... Year 1999 (MCMXCIX) was a common year starting on Friday (link will display full 1999 Gregorian calendar). ... Staples Center is a multipurpose sports arena in Downtown Los Angeles, California at the Los Angeles Sports and Entertainment District. ...


The Forum was also the home of the Los Angeles Sparks of the Women's National Basketball Association from 1997 until they too moved to Staples Center in 2001. Since their inception, the Sparks have been a focal point of the league. ... The Womens National Basketball Association is an organization governing a professional basketball league for women in the United States. ... Year 1997 (MCMXCVII) was a common year starting on Wednesday (link will display full 1997 Gregorian calendar). ... Staples Center is a multipurpose sports arena in Downtown Los Angeles, California at the Los Angeles Sports and Entertainment District. ... Year 2001 (MMI) was a common year starting on Monday (link displays the 2001 Gregorian calendar). ...


It was the site of the 1972 and 1983 NBA All-Star Game, the 1980 NHL All-Star Game, and hosted the Big West Conference men's basketball tournament from 1983-1988 and also the 1989 Pacific Ten Conference men's basketball tournament. The NBA staged its first All-Star Game in the Boston Garden on March 2, 1951. ... The National Hockey League All-Star Game (French: Match des Étoiles de la Ligue Nationale de Hockey) is an exhibition hockey game that marks the midway point of the National Hockey Leagues regular season, with many of the leagues star players playing against each other. ... The Big West Conference (BWC) is an NCAA-affiliated Division I major college athletic conference that formerly sponsored Division I-A American football. ... The Pacific Ten Conference (Pac-10) is a college athletic conference which operates in the western United States. ...

Contents

History

1960s/70s

The "Fabulous" Forum, as it would become colloquially known to locals[1], was constructed by Jack Kent Cooke, owner of the Lakers and founding owner of the Kings, in 1967. The oval-shaped, $16 million structure was named for and designed to evoke the Roman Forum. The arena seats 17,505 for basketball, 16,005 for ice hockey, and up to 18,000 for concerts; it has no luxury suites, but held an unprecedented 2,400 club seats for events. In excess of 70 percent of the seats were located between the goals, and no seat is more than 170 feet from the playing surface. Jack Kent Cooke Jack Kent Cooke (25 October 1912 – 6 April 1997) was a Canadian-American entrepreneur who became one of the most widely-known executives in North American professional sports. ... 1967 (MCMLXVII) was a common year starting on Sunday of the Gregorian calendar (the link is to a full 1967 calendar). ... This page refers to the main forum in the centre of Rome. ... ARENA may refer to either: Nationalist Republican Alliance, a political party in El Salvador. ... Basketball is a team sport in which two teams of five active players each try to score points against one another by throwing a ball through a 10-foot high hoop (the basket) under organized rules. ... Ice hockey, known simply as hockey in areas where it is more common than field hockey, is a team sport played on ice. ... A concert comprises a performance, usually involving some degree of formality, and particularly a performance featuring music. ...


The Forum became a landmark in the Greater Los Angeles Area, in large measure from the success of the Lakers and from the Hollywood celebrities often sighted in its audiences. It hosted a vast number of events such as tennis matches, rock concerts, boxing matches, ice shows, rodeos, and political events. It is sometimes referred to as the Los Angeles Forum or L.A. Forum to differentiate it from other buildings, venues and places carrying the name "Forum". The Greater Los Angeles Area, or the Southland, is the agglomeration of urbanized area around the city of Los Angeles, California. ... ... For other uses, see Tennis (disambiguation). ... For other uses, see Rock music (disambiguation). ... Professional boxing bout featuring Ricardo Domínguez (left, throwing a left uppercut) versus Rafael Ortiz Boxing, also referred to as prizefighting, the noble art, the sweet science, and pugilism is a combat sport in which two participants of similar weight fight each other with their fists in a series of... It has been suggested that History of rodeo be merged into this article or section. ...


In 1979, Cooke sold The Forum to Jerry Buss along with the Lakers and the Kings for a then-record $67.5 million. Also: 1979 by Smashing Pumpkins. ... Jerry Buss, owner of the Los Angeles Lakers celebrates with the team in 2002 Gerald H. Jerry Buss (born in 1934) is an American professional basketball team owner, former real estate developer, and poker player. ...


1980s

At the same time, the Lakers experienced a tremendous run of success in the 1980s, winning five NBA Championships and making the NBA Finals every year but two. This level of success raised The Forum's profile greatly across the sporting world, as fans became accustomed to watching playoff games and other important games played there by the Lakers.


In 1984, The Forum also found itself in an international spotlight, as it hosted the basketball tournaments of the 1984 Summer Olympics. Final results for the Basketball competition at the 1984 Summer Olympics: Results Categories: 1984 Summer Olympics events | Basketball at the Olympics ... Music sample: Olympic Fanfare and Theme ( file info) — composed by John Williams for the 1984 Summer Olympics in Los Angeles Problems listening to the file? See media help. ...


In 1988, Buss capitalized on all of this success by selling the arena's naming rights to Great Western Savings & Loan. The exterior of the building was repainted blue from the original dark orange/red color, and the building was officially renamed the "Great Western Forum", and that name was retained for several years, even after Great Western was acquired by Washington Mutual. Such naming rights deals have now become commonplace in major American sports, but were not at the time of Buss' deal with Great Western. Although there was some initial negative public reaction to the changing of the venue's historic name, that reaction was muted by the fact that the new name did not overtly reek of corporate sponsorship. In fact, "Great Western Forum" sounded so much like a natural name that many people, particularly among those outside the Los Angeles area, remained unaware that the name was the result of a naming rights deal. Year 1988 (MCMLXXXVIII) was a leap year starting on Friday (link displays 1988 Gregorian calendar). ... Naming rights are the right to name a piece of property, either tangible property or an event, usually granted in exchange for financial considerations. ... Great Western Bank (previously known as Great Western Savings & Loan) was a large consumer bank that operated primarily n the Western United States. ... The Washington Mutual Tower in Seattle, Washington A Washington Mutual Financial Center in San Jose, California Washington Mutual (or WaMu; NYSE: WM) is one of the United Statess leading consumer and small business banks. ... Naming rights are the right to name a piece of property, either tangible property or an event, usually granted in exchange for financial considerations. ...


1990s

By the early 1990s, the arena was among the oldest used for professional sports. Before the 1991-92 NBA and NHL seasons, a new, modern scoreboard was installed, replacing the one that had been in use since the building opened in 1967. However, by the middle of the decade, the Great Western Forum was still regarded as too small, and more importantly, it lacked premium skyboxes and sufficient retail and commercial space. Los Angeles officials, seeking to redevelop that city's downtown area, began planning for a new sports arena and entertainment complex to be located there, with an eye toward wooing the Lakers and Kings away from Inglewood. For the band, see 1990s (band). ...


The Kings' owners (who did substantial business as real estate developers) agreed to develop the complex, eventually given the name "Staples Center", and signed Buss on to move the Lakers into the new arena as a co-tenant with the Kings. The new arena was to open in the autumn of 1999 and, as part of this deal, Buss sold the Great Western Forum to L.A. Arena Co. (a company also owned by the Kings' owners). Staples Center is a multipurpose sports arena in Downtown Los Angeles, California at the Los Angeles Sports and Entertainment District. ... Year 1999 (MCMXCIX) was a common year starting on Friday (link will display full 1999 Gregorian calendar). ...


In 1999, the Rock 'n' Roller Coaster starring Aerosmith opened at the Disney-MGM Studios in Walt Disney World. The ride is depicted as a wild-drive through Los Angeles, via stretched limousine, to the Forum for an Aerosmith concert.


2000s

Blaming the Great Western Forum for low attendance, the Sparks made 2000 their last season in the venue and then followed the Lakers and Kings to Staples Center. See also: 1999 in sports, other events of 2000, 2001 in sports and the list of years in sports. // Auto Racing Stock car racing: Dale Jarrett won the Daytona 500 NASCAR Championship - Bobby Labonte Indy Racing League - Buddy Lazier won the season championship Indianapolis 500- Juan Pablo Montoya CART Racing...


Faithful Central Bible Church, home to a predominantly African-American congregation numbering over 12,000, purchased the Great Western Forum at the end of 2000 and holds its regular service there each Sunday morning. The church makes the building available for rent (for concerts/sporting events/etc. that require that type of large venue) on other days. As such, ownership is held through the church's for-profit entity, Forum Enterprises, Inc., which continues to welcome to the arena mainstream and secular fare, including concerts by such artists as Madonna, the Rolling Stones, David Bowie, and the Red Hot Chili Peppers. Faithful Central Bible Church is a megachurch with a congregation that is largely African-American. ... Languages Predominantly American English Religions Protestantism (chiefly Baptist and Methodist); Roman Catholicism; Islam Related ethnic groups Sub-Saharan Africans and other African groups, some with Native American groups. ... A congregation is the group of members who make up a local Christian church, Jewish synagogue, Mosque or other religious assembly. ... 2000 (MM) was a leap year starting on Saturday of the Gregorian calendar. ... In Christianity, a church service is a term used to describe a formalized period of worship, often but not exclusively occurring on Sunday, or Saturday in the case of a church practicing Sabbatarianism. ... This article concerns secularity, that is, being secular, in various senses. ... Madonna Louise Ciccone Ritchie (born August 16, 1958), better known as simply Madonna, is a six-time Grammy[1] and one-time Golden Globe award winning American pop singer, songwriter, record and film producer, dancer, actress, author and fashion icon. ... This article is about the rock band. ... David Bowie (IPA: []) (born David Robert Jones on 8 January 1947) is an English singer, songwriter, multi-instrumentalist, producer, arranger and audio engineer. ... The Red Hot Chili Peppers are an American rock band that formed in Los Angeles, California in 1983. ...


The venue also continues to be made available for film use, such as arena interior shots used in the 2002 film Like Mike. Rock band Foo Fighters also used the building in the video for the song "All My Life" in 2003, prominently featuring the outside architecture and name of the building in the opening and closing shots. This is a list of film-related events in 2002. ... Like Mike is a 2002 movie, directed by John Schultz and starring Bow Wow and Jonathan Lipnicki. ... This article is about the band. ... Alternative cover (CD2) All My Life was the first single released off the Foo Fighters fourth album, One By One. ... 2003 (MMIII) was a common year starting on Wednesday of the Gregorian calendar. ...


In 2003, Great Western's naming rights contract on the building expired, and Forum Enterprises reverted the venue's official name to the original "The Forum". Despite this, and despite the fact that Great Western had in 1997 ceased to exist as a separate entity, the Great Western corporate logo and the letters forming the words GREAT WESTERN initially remained on the building's exterior. Great Western's exterior lettering was finally removed from the building in 2006. Great Western Bank (previously known as Great Western Savings & Loan) was a large consumer bank that operated primarily n the Western United States. ... This article does not cite any references or sources. ...


The departure of the building's major sports teams has significantly lowered The Forum's profile, especially outside of the Los Angeles area. As a result, the "Great Western Forum" name is still frequently heard, as many people remain unaware that the original name has been restored. Further, as the name made geographical sense and blended in better than most other corporate sponsorship names, many believe that Great Western is simply part of The Forum's name.


References

  1. ^ Heisler, Mark. Madmen's Ball: The Inside Story of the Lakers' Dysfunctional Dynasties (2004) ISBN 1-57243-681-6

External links

  • The Forum's official web site
  • The official web site of Faithful Central Bible Church
Preceded by
Los Angeles Memorial Sports Arena
19601967
Home of the
Los Angeles Lakers
19671999
Succeeded by
Staples Center
1999–present
Preceded by
Los Angeles Memorial Sports Arena &
Long Beach Arena
1967
Home of the
Los Angeles Kings
19671999
Succeeded by
Staples Center
1999–present
Preceded by
none
Home of the
Los Angeles Sparks
19972000
Succeeded by
Staples Center
2001–present

 
 

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