Stanley Cup Final: 3 arrests made during Kings game, LAPD says
At least three people were arrested during the Kings failed bid to clinch a Stanley Cup sweep, police said Wednesday night.
The arrests were for battery, theft and being drunk in public, according to the Los Angeles Police Department.
Police officials said fans were generally well-behaved during the team's 3-1 loss to the New Jersey Devils and as crowds spilled onto streets after the game.
The LAPD said it took steps to prevent unruly crowds from engaging in the type of violence that had marred previous Lakers championships.
Authorities asked LA Live officials not to show the game on the large outdoor screens in the plaza, police said, and officers and fire inspectors enforced occupancy codes in crowded bars and restaurants in the area.
"In the past the big screens and the crowds that gather outside have been problematic. We've had fights, we've had drinking," LAPD Cmdr. Andrew Smith told The Times.
LAPD investigators Wednesday night were seeking suspects involved in grand theft inside Staples Center and ticket scalping outside the complex.
Police reported several fans bought phony tickets from a scalper outside Staples Center.
One fan who drove to LA Live from San Diego told police he paid $700 for a phony ticket. Another reported buying three tickets for $1,400, according to authorities.
"It's just buyer beware out there," Smith told The Times. "You're crazy if you buy a ticket from someone you don't know."
-- Andrew Blankstein and Melissa Leu at Staples Center with Robert J. Lopez
Photo: Kings fans rally Wednesday afternoon as they head to Staples Center to watch the L.A. Kings. Credit: Allen J. Schaben / Los Angeles Times