LOS ANGELES (June 11, 2012) - To celebrate winning the NHL Stanley Cup Championship for the first time in franchise history, the Los Angeles Kings and AEG will host a championship parade down Figueroa St. and celebratory rally inside of STAPLES Center on Thursday, June 14th.
PARADE - begins at Noon at 5th & Figueroa Streets
The day of celebration will begin at noon at the corner of Figueroa and West 5th Streets with Los Angeles' traditional parade of championship teams down Figueroa to STAPLES Center and L.A. LIVE. Players and their families, coaches, staff, broadcasters, alumni, the Ice Crew, mascot Bailey and other VIP's will ride on double decker busses and other specially decorated vehicles along with the Stanley Cup, Conn Smythe Trophy and Clarence Campbell Bowl to be acknowledged by fans lining the parade route.
Kings fans planning to attend Thursday's victory parade are highly encouraged to line the one-mile Figueroa Street parade route between 5th Street to the north and Chick Hearn Ct. to the south (on both sides of the street), as all the immediate areas adjacent to STAPLES Center and L.A. LIVE will be controlled by the Los Angeles Police Department and Department of Transportation with limited access.
The parade is expected to last 30-45 minutes.
The Kings also encourage all fans to remember to celebrate safely and responsibly, as the parade will be a family event, and small children will be present. Parents are reminded to keep their children close to prevent them from becoming separated from their groups. Attendees are
also encouraged to drink water and use sunscreen, as many are likely to be standing along Figueroa for several hours and the forecast calls for sunny weather.
Fans with tickets for the STAPLES Center Rally event scheduled later in the day may show their tickets to enter special viewing areas along Chick Hearn Ct. on the south side of the street in STAPLES Center's Star Plaza or on the north side of the street in L.A. LIVE's Nokia Plaza. Only those with tickets for the Rally can enter these areas.
Restaurants within L.A. LIVE will remain open during parade hours, yet access will be limited to the district's northern entrance off Olympic Boulevard.
FAN RALLY - begins at 2:30 inside STAPLES Center
The Los Angeles Kings will produce a special "Championship Rally" inside of STAPLES Center for their fans. Beginning at 2:30 PM, the 60-minute ticketed event will include specially-produced video highlights from the season, introductions of the entire team, coaching staff and executives with speeches and reactions from many of the players in addition to special presentations and surprises.
Tickets for this once-in-a-lifetime event are completely free. Priority will be given to season ticket members and suite and premier seat owners who will receive a special password via email from the LA Kings, STAPLES Center or AEG to reserve and print tickets beginning at noon on Tuesday, June 12th, with a maximum of four tickets per account.
Access to any remaining tickets for the general public will begin at 6:00 PM on Tuesday, June 12. Tickets can be reserved at www.lakings.com/parade and will be available on a first come, first served basis with a maximum of four tickets per order.
STAPLES Center will open at approximately 1:00 PM on Thursday to fans with tickets. All refreshment stands and TEAM LA locations will be open until the end of the rally.
Toyota, McDonald's, Verizon, Mercury Insurance Group and Rocco's Old School Products signed on to be Presenting Sponsors of The Western Conference Finals, The Stanley Cup Final and the Stanley Cup Celebration Parade and Rally.
PARKING and PUBLIC TRANSPORTATION
There will be numerous public parking lots available for fans along the parade route. Prices will vary. With no major event scheduled, ample parking will be available in the Los Angeles Convention Center lots. STAPLES Center lots will also be open. Exact locations and parking rates can be found at www.staplescenter.com
Fans and media are encouraged to take advantage of the plethora of public transportation options that serve downtown, STAPLES Center and L.A. LIVE. Of particular note are the light rail stations at Pico and Flower serving both the Blue and (new) Expo Lines and the 7th & Figueroa St. Metro Station located mid-way of the parade route. Members of the downtown business community as well as residents can reach the parade route by taking the Dash bus line operated by Metro.
STREET CLOSURES - beginning at 4 AM
Besides the Figueroa Street parade route between 5th Street and 11th St./Chick Hearn Ct., the LAPD and DOT will close the following streets in the immediate STAPLES Center and L.A. LIVE area:
- Figueroa Street between 3rd Street and Pico Blvd.
- 11th Street/Chick Hearn Court between Figueroa and Cherry Street
- L.A. LIVE Way (formerly Cherry Street) between Olympic and Pico Blvds
LAPD/DOT will begin closing the immediate area surrounding STAPLES Center and L.A. LIVE approximately 4 AM (PDT) on June 14th.
OFFICIAL STANLEY CUP MERCHANDISE / TEAM LA STORES
Official Los Angeles Kings 2012 Stanley Cup Championship merchandise is available now while supplies last at all TEAM LA Store locations including STAPLES Center, ESPN Zone L.A. LIVE and Nokia Plaza L.A. LIVE. Now thru Tuesday, June 19th, most locations will open at 8 AM and all will stay open until 8 PM and feature official commemorative 2012 Stanley Cup Champions apparel, souvenirs and collectibles. Fans can also shop online at www.teamlastore.com
LIVE TELEVISION BROADCAST
The LA Kings Broadcast Partner FOX Sports West will provide comprehensive live coverage of all festivities including the parade and rally from STAPLES Center. Also on Tuesday, June
12th, Prime Ticket will air a programming marathon of all four series-clinching games from the 2012 Playoffs.