INGLEWOOD (CBSLA.com) — Angelenos may know it as the former home of the Lakers and Kings, but starting in 2014, it’s unofficially the “Hotel California”.
The Forum in Inglewood has been fitted with what organizers billed as the world’s largest vinyl record in honor of multi-platinum band The Eagles, who will perform at the Forum later this month as part of the venue’s re-opening celebration.
Passengers on roughly 1,700 flights arriving daily at LAX throughout January will be able to see the 407-foot-wide printed vinyl disc – which actually spins at 17 miles per hour and was constructed by a crew of over 75 workers – in honor of the venue’s $100 million renovation effort, according to officials.
Built in just 10 days by Glendale-based promotion company Pop2Life, the nation’s only 120-foot aluminum truss circle is composed of 250,000 square feet of printed vinyl and over 50,000 pounds – about 25 tons – of materials, with letters as tall as the iconic Hollywood sign.
The Eagles will be the first performer featured at the Forum since renovation efforts began last year after Madison Square Garden Company bought the 17,500-seat venue in 2012.
“This was the perfect way to highlight to the world that the Forum is back in business and for us to honor America’s biggest band, the Eagles, who continue to be one of the most popular and successful groups touring today, and the first performer to play our iconic venue,” said the Forum’s Sid Greenfeig, senior vice president, West Coast business operations.
Following the Eagles’ “History of the Eagles” performances beginning Jan. 15, Justin Timberlake is scheduled to bring his “20/20 Experience World Tour” to the Forum on Jan. 20.