L.A. fans get ready to party like it’s er, the first time
There will be a parade and fan rally Thursday to celebrate the Kings’ first Stanley Cup championship.
The parade will begin at noon at Figueroa and West 5th streets and cover the mile to Staples Center and L.A. Live. The Stanley Cup, Conn Smythe Trophy and Clarence Campbell Cup for the team’s Western Conference championship will accompany coaches, team representatives, players and their families along the one-mile parade route.
Also, at 2:30 p.m., there will be a fan rally with video presentation and the team inside Staples Center. It is a ticketed event, with priority given to season-ticket holders.
Any remaining tickets will be available to the public by going to lakings.com/parade.
There is no fee for the tickets, which also entitle fans to special viewing areas along Chick Hearn Court. There will be limited access to the immediate areas adjacent to Staples Center and L.A. Live.
Back to die-hard followers
On Monday night, after each goal, fans chanted, “Go, Kings, go” and “We want the Cup,” as the team chased its first championship in its 45-year existence.
“It’s my first time down here and, let me tell you, this atmosphere is outrageous,” Kings fan Susie Schwartz said after the three-goal onslaught in the first period. “It’s just crazy. There are no words for it.”
Bryan, Susie’s husband, said the Devils were “shellshocked” after the three goals. He added that the atmosphere is better than during the Kings’ previous attempt to clinch at home.
“I was down here for Game 4 and there were a lot of bandwagon Kings fans trying to celebrate with the city,” said Bryan, who went to most of the playoff games during the 1993 run to the Stanley Cup Final. “They got real nervous after losing two in a row and now you have the real Kings fans out here. It’s a lot better.”
The Kings removed themselves from a rather dubious honor.
The Kings andSt. Louis Blues, both expansion teams in 1967-68, had played the most regular-season games without winning the Stanley Cup.
After the Kings’ victory Monday, the Blues stand alone.
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