I have sat in the Staples Center suites many times. Its situated like this. There is sort of a hotel room that you walk into overlooking the basketball court. There are couches and chairs and flat screen televisions on the walls. The suites are VERY nice.
In front of the suite are three rows of seats. In the image above, those are my feet on the wall of the front row of seats in front of the suite. There is nothing to prevent a person from falling over the edge. This is to allow an unobstructed view of the court.
Now I don’t know the parents of this kid, but I do know that I would never take a small child to a laker game, put him in a suite and leave him unattended. I have at times had to ask friends at games to please stay away from the edge when they are drinking a bit too much out of fear of them falling over the side. JD
A young boy fell to his death from a luxury suite at Los Angeles’ Staples Center on Sunday night, according to a spokesman for the Los Angeles Police Department.
The boy, who was between 2 and 3 years old, fell from the suite around 10 p.m. local time, Sgt. Frank Alvelais told CNN. The boy was transported to the USC Medical Center, where he later died, Alvelais said.
The boy fell from the suite a few minutes after the conclusion of a NBA game between the Los Angles Lakers and the Golden State Warriors, CNN affiliate KTLA-TV reported.
The third deck of the Staples Center — where the luxury suite is located — has a roughly 50-foot drop, according to KTLA.
A Witness said the boy was still moving his legs and arms as he was being put on a stretcher, KTLA reported.
Authorities are investigating details of what the boy was doing and how exactly he fell, Alvelais said. The boy’s name has not been released.