License: Creative Commons - Attribution-Share Alike Author: Ken Lund
L.A. LIVE is an entertainment complex in the South Park District of Downtown Los Angeles, California. It is adjacent to Staples Center and Los Angeles Convention Center. L.A. LIVE is the leading entertainment district in Los Angeles offering six live entertainment venues, a fourteen screen cinema, the GRAMMY Museum, and twenty restaurants. It's the host of the GRAMMYs, EMMYs, American Music Awards, ESPYs, and a year's worth of red carpet premieres.
L.A. LIVE was developed by Anschutz Entertainment Group (AEG), Wachovia Corp, Azteca Corp, investment firm MacFarlane Partners, and with tax deferments paid by Los Angeles taxpayers. It cost approximately US$2.5 billion to build. The architectural firm responsible for the master plan and phase two buildings was Baltimore-based RTKL Associates and Psomas assisted the development team with the necessary land use entitlements.
L.A. LIVE has 5,600,000 square feet (520,257 m2) of ballrooms, bars, concert theatres, restaurants, movie theaters, and a 54-story hotel and condominium tower on a 27-acre (10.9 ha) site. The complex became home to AEG (Anschutz Entertainment Group) and the Herbalife headquarters in 2008.