The Los Angeles Lakers considered moving back to the Forum in Inglewood after decades at the Staples Center, and the move would have happened in 2025.
The Lakers made a statement to the L.A.’s Times’ Nathan Fenno:
“MSG approached the Lakers about the possibility of returning to the Forum following the end of our Lease at Staples Center in 2025, but nothing came from the discussions.”
The team’s lease with the Staples Center ends after the 2024-2025 season which led the higher ups in the Purple and Gold to consider moving back to the Forum in Inglewood. However, since “nothing came from the discussions”, the team is now “believed to be discussing an extension” with the Staples Center.
The Forum was home to the Lakers from 1967 to 1999 before they built the Staples Center in downtown Los Angeles, and it is a still a popular entertainment venue despite the departure of the popular NBA franchise.
An associate of the owners of the Forum, Businessman Irving Azoff, made contact with Jeanie Buss about the possibility of getting the Lakers back to the stadium in Inglewood. Azoff made this statement about the possible reconciliation of the Lakers and the Forum:
“We will either keep it exactly as it is or build a beautiful new building for Lakers and music. We have years to decide but we are going to design it now anyway just in case.”
On the other side of town, the Clippers plan to build an arena in Inglewood, and in June 2017 the Inglewood city council approved a three-year negotiating period for the Clippers to explore a new arena. However, Azoff was skeptical about the Clippers new stadium.
The Staples Center is also home to the NHL Hockey team, the Los Angeles Kings. It also hosts games for the Los Angeles Clippers and the WNBA’s Los Angeles Sparks.