Los Angeles Convention Center anchors trendy L.A. Live sports and entertainment district.
Los Angeles offers exciting activities for everyone
By Kevin P. Smith, MA, MBA, Executive Director
A new report ranks the ten best cities in the United States based on how “Mobile Millennials” (Americans aged 20-36) have traveled in the past year. Based on six factors: place, product, programming, people, prosperity and promotion, Los Angeles was rated number three next to New York City and Chicago. It’s not a surprise that the AO Board of Directors selected Los Angeles for its 33rd Annual Meeting. It will be held February 28 – March 3 at the Los Angeles Convention Center in L.A.’s exciting downtown sports and entertainment district. Known as L.A. Live, the district includes the STAPLES Center, Microsoft Theater, restaurants, night clubs, sports and music venues, a bowling alley, a movie theater, and the Grammy Museum. This dynamic area caters to people of all ages.
Friday evening, Dr. and Mrs. Michael Norton will host the President’s Reception at Microsoft Square within the L.A. Live area, complimentary to all registered attendees. The event promises to be one of the most festive social gatherings AO has ever assembled. Bringing a bit of Dr. Norton’s English spirit to L.A., “Britishmania”, one of the nation’s most popular Beatles tribute bands, will be taking center stage with their exciting act. Here’s a fact your probably didn’t know – each of the Beatles, with the exception of John Lennon, performed at the L.A. Convention Center. The night will be filled with many surprises, as we convene our meeting during the weekend of the Academy Awards for best movies and performances.
Hollywood celebrities won’t be far away in LA, but you can stroll the Hollywood Walk of Fame, where more than 2,400 figures from the entertainment world are immortalized in pink terrazzo with symbolic gold lettering. You can also look out for the famous hand and footprints at the Chinese Theatre.
Shop like Julia Roberts (in the movie Pretty Woman) on Rodeo Drive or you can just window-shop along the $200-million ersatz European cobbled walkway, with Anderson Court, the only shopping mall designed by Frank Lloyd Wright nearby.
For astronomy buffs, the Griffith Observatory offers its popular Hall of the Sky and Hall of the Eye, a pair of complementary displays that explore the connections between people and space. The star attraction is the building itself, where the famous dancing scene from the recent movie La La Land was filmed, along with many other notable movies.
A short drive from downtown is the Getty Center, conceived as a home for the J. Paul Getty Trust, the world’s wealthiest art institution. Architect Richard Meier was hired to build the museum in 1984, but it took 13 years and $1 billion to complete. The center includes an electric tram ride up the hill from the parking lot, a café, a restaurant and the circular Research Institute, which houses one of the world’s largest art and architecture libraries, and a roster of public events.
Plan a trip to Universal Studios where you can explore the mysteries of Hogwarts™ Castle at the Wizarding World of Harry Potter and go behind the scenes by taking the world-famous studio tours for a closer look where movies are made. For the more venturesome, don’t miss the King Kong 360-3D experience or the fun adventure ride with America’s favorite animated family, The Simpsons.
If you missed the AO Annual Meeting in Orlando last year, you can always make up the Walt Disney experience at Disneyland, spread over seven lands and the adjacent Disney California Adventure, by going to the original Disneyland in Anaheim, CA, where the same attractions are awaiting your experience.
If attending theme parks, touring movie sets and exploring Hollywood celebrity venues aren’t your thing, the Nokia Center is just outside the back door of the JW Marriott Hotel, AO’s headquarters hotel, where an array of professional hockey and basketball games are scheduled throughout the AO’s annual meeting week.
STAPLES Center’s Schedule of Events during the AO Meeting includes:
Wednesday, February 28th Clippers vs Houston Rockets – 7:30 pm
Friday, March 2nd Clippers vs New York Nicks – 7:30 pm
Sunday, March 4th clippers vs Brooklyn Nets – 6:00 pm
Monday, March 5th LA Lakers vs Portland Trail Blazers – 7:30 pm
Monday, February 26th LA Kings vs Las Vegas Golden Nights – 7:30 pm
Thursday, March 1st LA Kings vs Columbus Blue Jackets – 7:30 pm
Saturday, March 3rd LA Kings vs Chicago Blackhawks – 1:00 pm
There’s something for everyone in LA this year, so take advantage of your time while away from the office and enjoy the Los Angeles experience.