Kings fans urged to leave early, ride rail to Staples Center
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Go Kings, go Metro?
That's what officials are asking fans to consider as they make their way downtown to Staples Center for Monday's 5 p.m. game against the New Jersey Devils.
"Deliver a beatdown on traffic just like the Kings will beatdown the Devils and Go Metro to Game 3 tonight," Metro tweeted Monday morning.
The transit agency has shared information on its website listing several ways for fans to avoid traffic and use public transportation Monday night. The closest destination to Staples Center and L.A. Live is the Pico/Chick Hearn station off the Blue Line, which is about a block away.
Those planning to drive downtown should do their best to plan ahead, said Michael Roth of Anschutz Entertainment Group, which owns Staples Center. Regular lots will be open and there should be enough spaces available, Roth said, but he advised fans to have a backup plan if their preferred lot is full.
Parking can also be purchased via Ticketmaster until 2:30 p.m.
Roth said 4,000 people used the Blue and Expo rail lines to reach L.A. Live on May 20, when the downtown destination hosted a bicycle race and two playoff games. Although he stressed parking would be available, he encouraged fans to consider using Metro again Monday.
"It was gratifying and important to see that people did try public transportation," he said. "We're hoping that they will do the same."
The Kings lead the best-of-seven series, 2-0.
(For the record, 4:12 p.m.: A previous version of this post incorrectly stated that the closest Metro station to Staples Center is 7th/Metro Center.)
-- Kate Mather
Photo: Kings fan B.J. Brewer shows his allegiance at an April 21 game at Staples Center. Credit: Robert Gauthier / Los Angeles Times