Stanley Cup: Downtown prepares for afternoon L.A. Kings parade, rally
Some streets in downtown Los Angeles were already closed early Thursday morning in preparation for the afternoon's parade and rally for the Stanley Cup champion Kings.
Players, coaches and other team officials will ride double-decker buses down a one-mile stretch of Figueroa Street, city officials said, beginning at noon at 5th Street.
The procession is expected to last 30 to 45 minutes, and end between L.A. Live and Staples Center.
A ticket-only rally is to be held at 2:30 p.m., officials said. The 18,000 tickets to the event were free and were quickly snapped up Tuesday. Some were being sold for more than $600 on Ebay the next day.
Some streets within L.A. Live near Staples Center were scheduled to begin closing about 4 a.m., the team announced Wednesday. Figueroa between 3rd Street and Pico Boulevard is to be closed later.
Twenty-three Metro bus lines that typically run on Figueroa will be rerouted to nearby streets beginning at 10 a.m., officials said. A list of affected routes can be found online or posted at bus stops.
Metro is encouraging those planning to attend Thursday's events to take public transit downtown, and said trains will be added to the Blue, Expo and Gold lines depending on demand.
-- Kate Mather
Photo: Center Anze Kopitar gives Los Angeles Kings fans a look at the Stanley Cup after the Kings defeated the New Jersey Devils 6-1 at Staples Center on Monday. Credit: Robert Gauthier / Los Angeles Times