Arena reveals new food concepts, walk-out concessions, other upgraded amenities – Daily News

If you’re headed to a Kings, Lakers, Clippers or Sparks game or concert at Arena (formerly Staples Center) in downtown Los Angeles, you may notice a few changes.

The venue, which officially changed its name last Christmas after announcing as its new naming partner in a 20-year deal reportedly worth more than $700 million, has committed to upgrading its nearly 24-year old facility in various phases while remaining open for public events.

The first phase is now complete, Lee Zeidman, president of Arena, Microsoft Theater and L.A. Live, said Monday as he gave members of the press a tour of the newly upgraded spaces. The construction lasted 131 days all while 45 sports and live entertainment events took place at the venue, he noted.

Outside, fans will notice that the old red signage has crisp blue paint and they’re still putting the finishing touches on replacing the old logo with the new one atop the building as well.

Inside, the amenities include improvements to the main concourse, where guests will find new food offerings like L.A.’s own Dirt Dog concession stands, located in the 102 and 112 sections. The eatery, which got its start just blocks away on Figueroa Street, offers the House Dog with onions, peppers, mayo and bacon bits and the Elote Dog with corn, mayo, cotija cheese, chili powder, cilantro and bacon ($13.50), as well the more simple Bacon Wrapped Dog and ($12.50) and Plain Dog ($10.50). Korean fried chicken sandwiches, Korean fried orange chicken and Korean spiced tofu have also been added to the menus in the suites and at concessions in the building.

The all-new Impact Sports Bar & Grill is now open in the main concourse for Kings and Lakers season ticket holders and has a cozy, exclusive feel with large wooden doors, numerous television screens for premium game viewing and a massive bar with its own menu and a nice selection of craft beer from breweries like Stone Brewing Co., Elysian Brewing and Golden Road.

“We curated the menu specifically for our season ticket members and we asked them what they’d like to see in this space and it’s basically higher end bar food,” Danielle Snyder, senior vice president of arena services at Arena said during a tour. Some of those items include Pork Belly Confit Tacos with red cabbage slaw, aji sauce, garlic puree and pickled red onions ($14.99) and Coca Cola Braised Beef Sliders with crispy onions and pickle chips served on a brioche bun ($12.49).

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