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AEG official calls Staples, L.A. Live events 'success on all levels'

May 20, 2012 |  4:56 pm

An official with Anschutz Entertainment Group, which owns Staples Center and L.A. Live, said Sunday’s traffic management around the busier-than-usual arena complex was a “success on all levels.”

The downtown center was hosting multiple sporting events Sunday that were expected to draw tens of thousands of people throughout the day, prompting numerous street closures and concerns about traffic gridlock. But city transportation officials reported no major problems.

Michael Roth of AEG credited the infrastructure downtown — public transportation and nearby parking — and the fact that people attending the events heeded advice and either arrived early or in many cases used commuter rail.

“We could not have been more pleased,” said Roth, whose company wants to build a football stadium next to Staples Center.

The heaviest traffic was expected before and just after noon, generated by crowds overlapping to attend the Kings playoff game at Staples Center and the final leg of Amgen Tour of California, a professional bike race that began last Sunday in Santa Rosa.

But city transportation officials noted that they are not out of the woods yet, with more events going on throughout the afternoon and evening, including a Clippers playoff game at Staples Center and a Dodgers game at 5 p.m. at Chavez Ravine.

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