Just how do Hollywood's finest manage to get those prime locations court side and in the lower bowl? Some buy in bulk – Lakers' season ticket holders include Jack Nicholson, Leonardo DiCaprio, Dustin Hoffman, Penny Marshall, Dyan Cannon and Glenn Frey, to name a few. But that's not the only way to get a foot on the floor. "The main way most of the celebrities get in are through seats given to them by studios, record companies, major talent agencies and production companies," says Lakers' spokesman John Black. "On a given night, we may have 40 celebrities here but I may only be aware of five of them myself."
Wednesday night's game at Staples center, the Lakers beat the Denver Nuggest 103-94, in front of a crowd studded with dozens of stars. In the stands were Ellen Pompeo and husband Chris Ivery, Denzel Washington, Nicholson and son Raymond, David Arquette, Adam Levine, Zac Efron, Tyrese Gibson, Taraji P. Henson, and M.I.A. with Ben Brewer. Also spotted arriving at the game were DJ AM, Kim Kardashian and Reggie Bush, Andy Garcia, Hugh Hefner and Ice Cube.
If you can find them, floor seats during the Nuggets series go for $4,500 per chair – face value that is – but that also buys you a ticket for courtside wait service and entry into the exclusive Wachovia Chairman's Room, located below the stands on the south end of the arena. There, you can enjoy a pre-game or halftime martini, and on a given night, rub elbows with the likes of Kanye West or Tom Cruise. But don't bother showing up to the room after the game unless you have a personal invite from Lakers' owner Jerry Buss, who reserves the club for his guests.
Those pricey seats also come with a special treat everyone in L.A. can appreciate – special parking close to the arena and private entry no lines to mess with.