LOS ANGELES – While Crypto.com Arena has enjoyed some memorable stretches when it comes to sports and entertainment since opening its doors on October 17, 1999, the 10-day run the arena recently enjoyed may go down as one of its busiest.
Starting on Aug. 18, Crypto.com Arena hosted the first of 3 nights of KCON (KPOP), which drew a combined 45,469 fans over three nights.
Immediately following the load out on Sunday Aug. 20, the Drake production started loading in at 5 a.m. with 41 production trucks and 19 busses for the first of his two sold out shows. Both of Drake’s sold-out concerts attracts a combined 36,680 fans.
Night 1 of Drake on Aug. 21 was the highest grossing concert ever in the history of Crypto.com Arena for combined food, beverage and merchandise and Night 2 of Drake on Aug. 22 was the highest food and beverage concert ever. The arena’s social media engagement channels also hit near record numbers with nearly 2 million impressions across Facebook, Twitter, Instagram and TikTok when Drake was accompanied to the stage with Lakers superstar LeBron James and his son, Bronny James.
Following Drake’s second night that loaded out by 4:45 a.m., on Wednesday at 5 a.m. Zach Bryan loaded in for the sixth show in six days at the arena. His show drew 17,921 fans.
Additionally taking place at L.A. LIVE at Peacock Place, Nike hosted the Mamba League Invitational boys and girls elite high school basketball tournament in honor of the late Kobe Bryant’s birthday on August 23 with the culmination and championship games held on Kobe Day on August 24. Also, on 8/24, Vanessa Bryant officially announced the unveil date of the official Kobe Bryant statue in Star Plaza at Crypto.com Arena on Feb. 8, 2024.
Starting Aug. 24, the arena began loading in dirt for five shows of Monster Jam, which attracted 35,842 fans and wrapped up on Sunday night.
During this time, Crypto.com Arena was also in the midst of renovations that are expected to be completed by the time the Kings, Lakers and Clippers begin their seasons in October, not to mention the threat of Hurricane Hilary, which was downgraded to a tropical storm by the time it hit Los Angeles.
“We were going 24/7 for six straight days and 24/7 in terms of the renovations and the Monster Jam shows for an additional four days,” said Lee Zeidman, president of Crypto.com Arena, Peacock Theater and LA Live. “The coordination that it took from everyone from the construction staff to the production people from the three genres of shows we had to our staff, it was just tremendous. The coordination to make sure we had enough staff to work all those shows, make sure our staff got here under the conditions of a tropical storm and everything we did for them. It was overall tremendous effort.”