The owners of the Forum in Los Angeles are making good use of the arena in the absence of live music and sports.
L.A. County has announced that the 18,000-capacity venue, located in Inglewood, will serve as a COVID-19 vaccination site for those eligible, beginning on Tuesday (Jan. 19). The facility will also continue serving as a testing site for coronavirus.
“There’s a great need for vaccination everywhere but based on infection impact and things like that, it’s in a location that serves an area that has a great need,” Kevin McGowan, director of L.A. County’s Office of Emergency Management, told the Los Angeles Times. “In addition to it, it’s a large facility that has the ability to expand and contract based on supply and demand.”
More information about eligibility to be vaccinated is available at L.A. County’s new vaccination website. Currently, only frontline healthcare workers and residents at nursing facilities and other long-term care facilities will be eligible.
L.A. Clippers owner Steve Ballmer purchased the Forum for $400 million in May from the Madison Square Garden Entertainment Corp.
Venues around the country have finding creative ways to offer their services amid the shutdown of concerts and sporting events amid the pandemic. In November, the Forum also served as a voting center for the 2020 presidential election.