Following a comprehensive reinvention, the “Fabulous” Forum re-opened on January 15, 2014 with the first of six historic performances by the legendary Eagles.
The reinvention of the Forum created the only arena-sized venue in the country dedicated to music and entertainment, and offers something exceptional for everyone – artists, promoters, music fans VIP customers and marketing partners. Architecturally, the interior of the bowl was completely modernized and features flexible seating, ranging from 7,000 seats to 17,800 seats – allowing the venue to accommodate a wide variety of first-class events. For patrons seated on the arena floor, there is approximately 8,000 square feet of new event level hospitality offerings, including food and beverage, merchandise and restrooms, as well as a glass wall that separates this concession area from the arena floor, ensuring fans do not miss a moment of the performance. The reinvented Forum also offers exclusive spaces for VIP customers, including the historic Forum Club, which has been completely re-imagined with thematic music-inspired detailing. Among the key features that were resurrected in an effort to replicate the original design is the exterior color of the venue, which was returned to the 1960’s “California sunset red,” and is now officially known as “Forum Red.” Since re-opening in 2014, the Forum has received several architectural awards recognizing its outstanding restoration.
The Forum was originally designed by renowned architect, Charles Luckman, who also designed the Madison Square Garden Arena. Since it re-opened in January 2014, the Forum’s impressive lineup of entertainers has included: the Eagles, Justin Timberlake, Paul Simon and Sting, Sam Smith, U2, Maroon 5, Stevie Wonder, Aerosmith, Steely Dan, Fleetwood Mac, Tom Petty and the Heartbreakers, Mumford & Sons, Foo Fighters, The Weeknd, Dead & Company, Rihanna and Kings of Leon as well as His Holiness the Dalai Lama. The Forum has also hosted a number of special events such as the MTV Video Music Awards and Nickelodeon’s Kids’ Choice Awards, as well as select sporting events, including mixed martial arts and boxing.