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Fans react to Staples Center’s new name, Crypto.com Arena

Fans react to Staples Center’s new name, Crypto.com Arena

  • Clippers
  • Lakers
Nov 18
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  • SportsWriters

One of the most iconic venues in Los Angeles, the Staples Center, home to the six Los Angeles Lakers championship teams and two Stanley Cup-winning Kings teams, will be renamed Crypto.com Arena on Christmas Day.

Some may say this is the worst Christmas present for Lakers fans this year.

“Sucks … I don’t like it. Staples Center is very classic … It’s a monument for L.A.,” one fan said following Tuesday’s announcement from the arena owner AEG. “No. No way. This is Kobe’s house, this is Staples Center. Crypto? I’m like Will Smith in ‘I, Robot.’ I’m scared of all this futuristic … It’s bad. It’s horrible … Even if y’all change the name we’re still going to call it Staples Center.”

Crypto.com, a cryptocurrency platform and exchange based in Singapore, is paying $700 million for the next 20 years to rename the building, a source with knowledge of the transaction said, as per The Associated Press.

Even the Clippers’ Paul George took the Lakers Nation’s side this time.

“I grew up this being Staples and Staples being the place to play and the place to be. It’s kind of like just stripping the history here,” George said.

The widow of the late Lakers legend Kobe Bryant, Vanessa Bryant, had another take on the name change.

“Staples Center will be ‘Forever known as The House That Kobe Built’,” she posted on the Stories link on her Instagram account.

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