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Inglewood Forum to get multimillion-dollar makeover (360 video)

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Almost 50 years after its construction in 1967, The Forum in Inglewood is being renovated by the Madison Square Garden Company.

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A construction worker saws a piece of metal for use in the frame of a concession stand. The Forum will be converted to focus on music and entertainment, and will hold 17,500 seats.

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Joe Walsh, left, Glenn Frey, and Timothy B. Schmit of The Eagles speak during a press conference for The Forum. The band will be the first to to perform in the new venue in January 2014.

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The view of the Forum while under construction from the stands, where the old seats have been removed.

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Rendering of the interior full bowl.

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John Carr, left, vice president of project management for Madison Square Garden, shows plans for the Forum Club area, one of two exclusive spaces for VIPs.

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A rendering of the Forum Club, one of two VIP lounges.

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The exterior of The Forum will be restored to its original "California sunset red" color instead of blue.

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Rendering of the exterior of the New Forum

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Mayor of Inglewood James T. Butts Jr. speaks during a press conference for the Forum.

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Construction workers roll equipment in a loading zone in what will be the backstage area of the Forum.

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The new Forum will be designed to be convertible into a half-bowl holding 8,000 seats.

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Mayor of Inglewood James T. Butts Jr. speaks during a press conference for the Forum.

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The original 1960s circular lighting at the Forum will be restored in the main concourse.

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Rendering of the event level hospitality space.

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Rendering of the West Concourse.


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Update 11:09 a.m. Madison Square Garden Co. spending millions on new Forum

Madison Square Garden Co.'s executive chairman James Dolan said the company wanted to expand its presence on the West Coast, which is why it's spending millions to expand the Inglewood Forum. The Forum will be MSG’s seventh venue in the nation.

"Our vision has been clear: return the venue to its celebrated position as one of the most beloved and well-known venues in the country for the benefit of the community fans and performers for generations to come," Dolan said in a statement.

Over the next 30 years, the company estimates the economic impact will be more than $1.4 billion. Construction will bring more than 320 full-time jobs, and 120 Inglewood residents are already working on the project.

Once the venue opens, there will be 260 full-time jobs at the venue and in the community, according to MSG.

The company said the renovated Forum will have 8,000 square feet of new hospitality space, with concessions and places to buy souvenirs. Visitors will also get to sit in red theater seats and gaze up at a “star-filled” LED ceiling.

The company also said the renovations will expand the capabilities of the Forum for concerts and events. For example, the roof will be able to support up to 350,000 pounds of hanging weight.

— Wendy Lee

Previously: The Forum in Southern California is getting a multimillion-dollar makeover as the new owner unveils plans to restore the former home of the Los Angeles Lakers to a venue that can once again draw the biggest names in pop music.

The Madison Square Garden Co. will offer details Tuesday.

The Forum in Inglewood was a major sports and concert venue for decades, hosting the likes of Elvis Presley and the Rolling Stones. But it fell on hard times when the modern Staples Center opened in 1999.

MSG bought it last year for $23.5 million.

The company is putting more than $70 million into an upgrade that includes a new paint job, floor and 17,500 red velvet seats. The Forum will reopen Jan. 15 with a concert by The Eagles.

— AP

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