One of the “secret” perks that the American Express Platinum card offers cardholders is VIP treatment at select events.
If you’re attending a Lakers, Clippers, or Kings game at the STAPLES Center, you can access the Centurion Suite.
Who Can Access the Centurion Suite
American Express Platinum and Centurion cardholders can access the Centurion Suite. Each cardholder can bring up to three guests for free. Keep in mind that you do need an event ticket to enter the STAPLES Center.
The Amex Centurion Suite is open for most Los Angeles Kings, Los Angeles Lakers, and Los Angeles Clipper home games throughout the year. The suite is not open during concerts or other shows.
We ended up buying the cheapest nosebleed seats for a Lakers game and headed straight to the Centurion Suite.
For a 7:30 pm game, the doors opened at 6 pm. I recommend waiting at the doors at least half an hour early in order to be one of the first people into the stadium. The Centurion Suite seating is limited and available on a first come, first serve basis.
Where to find the Centurion Suite
The Centurion Suite entrance at STAPLES Center is located across the hall from M22. You’ll see a Team LA store and a VIP entrance right next to it.
The American Express staff will be at the VIP entrance handing out wristbands to access the suite. If you are bringing guests, they must be present at check-in. Once all the wristbands are distributed, they’ll close off access to the suite.
The Centurion Suite is located on the suite level with the Delta, Lexus, and other premier seats. Follow the signs up the escalator until you see the entrance.
Once you get off the escalators, the Centurion Suite will be located on your right.
The Centurion Suite Seats
If you bought nosebleed seats like we did, the Centurion Suite is a huge upgrade. Below is a picture of the view from our original seats.
Now compare it to the view from the Centurion Suite in the next picture. Much better.
Suite level view.
When you walk into the Centurion Suite, the first seats you see (below) are the best ones in the house. Of course they were already taken when we arrived.
There’s plenty of bar seating and high tops available on a first come, first serve basis. Worst case, you’ll be standing room in the suite.
The food in the Centurion Suite is not complimentary. I find the prices to be on par with stadium/event pricing. The main benefit is that you don’t have to leave the suite and wait in line since there is table service.
We ended up ordering a hamburger and garlic fries.
Overall, if you’re planning on going to a basketball game at the STAPLES Center, I definitely recommend checking out the Centurion Suite.
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