Last night was my first time ever at Staples Center for an NBA game. I had been there before for two hockey games, but this was a first for me.
The experience was quite unique. Since it was a Clippers game, it wasn’t all “showtime” or anything. The place had loud music, fans were walking around (without much enthusiasm) and it was just a nice atmosphere. I got a free shirt upon arrival, so it’s nice to have a free rag.
What really caught me was that the Clippers identity is unknown still. There was a lot of flashy lights and hip hop music played. Even the player introductions video was rapped by the players. I couldn’t stop laughing.
I will give the fans credit for being loud. When the Clippers ran three straight alley-oop plays, the place was loud. But of course, being from the Bay, their loud is incomparable to anything Oracle has.
For the most part, the evening was nice but pretty tame. I guess Clippers fans aren’t crazy passionate. Or maybe they don’t show it well.
Either way, the place was good and the tickets were cheap. They were less than $8 on Stub Hub on game day. I’ll go again when the Warriors return.