EXPOSITION PARK (CBSLA.com) — A once-iconic venue for Los Angeles sports is now little more than a pile of rubble.

Crews have made progress in the demolition of the Los Angeles Memorial Sports Arena in Exposition Park, which is being leveled in order to make room for a soccer stadium.

The days of lines forming outside the Sports Arena are long gone. (Photo credit: Kevork Djansezian/Getty Images)

The days of lines forming outside the Sports Arena are long gone. (Photo credit: Kevork Djansezian/Getty Images)

Aerial footage Wednesday showed what was once the site of an NBA title series, two NCAA Basketball championships, the 1963 NBA All-Star Game, and the 1960 Democratic Convention now with over half of its roof demolished and much of the site covered in debris.

While spending recent years largely in disrepair, the Sports Arena has a storied past: Vice President Richard M. Nixon delivered the dedication address for the Sports Arena on Memorial Day in 1958, and John F. Kennedy, then a 43-year-old senator from Massachusetts, was nominated for the Democratic presidential ticket in 1960.

In addition to its political heritage, the venue was also home to several L.A. sports franchises, including the Lakers, Clippers, and Kings, as well as both USC and UCLA basketball.

The Sports Arena held a one-day auction in July offering items including stadium seating, turnstiles, concession stands, chairs, scoreboards, speakers, restaurant equipment, hockey goals and lockers for sale.

Comments (8)
  1. Steve says:

    And even the home of the Los Angeles Sharks Minor league hockey in the 1970’s and the Los Angeles Ice Dogs

  2. tedsobel says:

    Yes, my L.A. Ice Dopgs along with the WHL L.A. Blades, the ABA L.A. Stars…and of course your Los Angeles Kings in ’67.

  3. Steve, Ted: Can you help me with more specifics about the dates when the Ice Dogs, Kings and Blades games too place at the old Arena??
    I am doing a permanent installation at the site, honoring the events at the old LA Memorial Sports Arena and need s information from people who were there, took photographs ….

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