Los Angeles Kings Game Luxury Suite
Last week, I had the opportunity (thanks to my husband) to attend a Los Angeles Kings ice hockey game against the St. Louis Blues. The game was the Kings’ home opener at Staples Center. Staples is a world-class, state-of-the-art arena, and any chance you get to watch any sort of event (concert, basketball game, hockey game, etc.) there, you should take full advantage of it.
Luckily for me, I’m a huge ice hockey fan, so it wasn’t any big sacrifice to get invited to go to a hockey game. Unfortunately for me, I hate the LA Kings and am a huge fan of their biggest rival, the Anaheim Ducks. But that’s neither here nor there when you get free tickets to sporting event. I figured I could pretend to be a Kings fan for an evening.
The icing on the cake of this game was that the tickets we had were for a luxury suite at Staples Center. Let’s recap: free tickets to a hockey game, being able to attend an event at Staples Center, and having those tickets be for a luxury suite. Could it get any better?
I’ve never viewed any kind of an event from a luxury suite before. I found out that night that it’s an amazing experience. Let’s just say that being in a suite at a Kings game is like being treated as if you were a king! From the moment we arrived at the arena all the way to the time we left, everything about the night was fantastic.
For starters, as a suite ticket holder, there is a special VIP designated entrance just for you. After you pass through security, you either take an elevator or escalator that takes you to the level where the suite you are using is located. Your ticket barcode is what unlocks the door to your suite.
You open the door into this lush, fully stocked private suite. The suite is set up like a large living room with some couches set up opposite a large plasma tv mounted to the wall. There is a row of bar seating that faces out towards the ice rink where you can sit and watch the game while eating your food. Then in front of the bar seats, at a slightly lower level are 2 rows of plush seating that provide you with an unobstructed view of the ice.
Now to the good stuff. Inside the suite you have 2 fully stocked refrigerators filled with bottled waters, sodas, lemonades, wine, and beer. Above the refrigerators, in cabinets, is where the premium alcohol is stored. And all of it is stocked for your pleasure. On the countertops was food that was pre-ordered for us to eat. We were treated to a Thai noodle salad (which I was told was good) and caesar salad (always good, with fresh grated parmesan cheese and super crunchy croutons) for starters. That was followed by our choice of either making a sandwich with bratwurst or a smoked bbq brisket with onion rolls. Then there was a spread of all sorts of bbq sauces and condiments for our sandwich. Lastly, they gave us some honey lemon chicken tenders with dipping sauces.
Also, all around the suite, they set up other goodies. We had a fresh fruit plate, a set up of fresh popped popcorn, a bowl of fresh veggie chips and also a Popcornopolis gift box filled with multiple bags of gourmet popcorn!
But that wasn’t even the best part. When you’re in a suite, you get access to the dessert cart. Basically, there are 2 suite attendants that wheel around a dessert cart laden down with all sorts of mouth-watering goodies. At some point during the game, they will knock on your door, and you are given access to whatever sweets you want from the dessert cart. They had all sorts of heavenly looking cookies and cakes and caramel apples and ice cream sundaes. It was to-die-for. I ended up getting a slice of the chocolate banana stack cake with a scoop of vanilla ice cream. It was delicious. I also had a taste of the coconut cake which was also fantastic.
So now that I’ve gotten a taste of the suite life, I don’t ever want to go back. It’s a fantastic way to experience any sort of event at any venue. Ahh, the suite life’s for me…..