Downtown Street Closures And General Info For Tomorrow's Stanley Cup Parade
Congratulations to the Los Angeles Kings for their second Stanley Cup Championship in three years! Unfortunately, for most of us this means a potential traffic and public transit nightmare in Downtown tomorrow. Thankfully we've been through this before and the logistics seem pretty much to be same from two years ago.
The route of the parade is the same from two years ago, beginning at 5th and Figueroa and ending at the Staples Center at 11th Street. The parade will make its way down Figueroa and last about 30-45 minutes.
Street closures will begin at 6 a.m., with Figueroa between 3rd and Pico closed off along with the immediate area surrounding the Staples Center and L.A. Live. 11th Street/Chick Hearn Court between Figueroa and L.A. LIVE Way and L.A. LIVE Way between Olympic and Pico Boulevards will also be subject to closures.
Metro hasn't given any specifics about how Downtown bus routes will be affected by the festivities, but you can probably expect similar disruption to service from two years ago. A spokesperson from Metro said to expect detours and delays between 10 a.m. and 4 p.m. and recommends that people attending the parade to take Metro Rail, and early!
A handy blog post from Metro says that more rail service will be provided in order to accommodate the crowds and provides tips on how to take the trains downtown. The closest stations to the parade route are Pershing Square (Red/Purple Line), 7th/Metro Center (Red/Purple Line, Blue Line, Expo Line) and Pico (Blue Line, Expo Line). Parking will also be available around the Staples Center and LA Convention Center for all the poor, unfortunate souls that have to drive to the parade.
After the parade arrives at the Staples Center, there will be a rally for season ticket holders starting just after 1 p.m. and lasting until 2:30 p.m. Tickets are unsurprisingly already sold out.
If you decide to stay at home, Fox Sports West will be broadcasting both the parade and rally live.