Stanley Cup Final: LAPD urges fans to stay away from LA Live area
Los Angeles police Wednesday evening said the area around LA Live had swelled to capacity with excited fans and urged people not to converge on the area as the Kings battled to win their first Stanley Cup.
Police said about a half-dozen restaurants and bars around LA Live were overfilled with Kings fans. Officers were planning to enter the businesses with fire inspectors and ask to people to leave the establishments, according to the Los Angeles Police Department.
LA Live employees had put up barricades around the plaza area, forcing crowds to disperse and go into restaurants and stores.
One fan was trying to cut across the quad area to find a place to watch the game.
"They're not letting anyone through because security is pretty crazy," he said.
Police reported that 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," Los Angeles Police Department Cmdr. Andrew Smith told The Times. "You're crazy if you buy a ticket from someone you don't know."
-- Melissa Leu and Andrew Blankstein at LA Live
Photo: Kings fans rally as they head to Staples Center to watch the LA Kings. Credit: Allen J. Schaben / Los Angeles Times