LA Kings win Stanley Cup; city preps for celebration
DOWNTOWN LOS ANGELES (KABC) -- It was the perfect ending to an unforgettable series as the Los Angeles Kings defeated the New Jersey Devils to win the franchise's first-ever Stanley Cup on Monday night.
While many fans began celebrating moments after the win, a city-wide celebration will take place on Thursday with a victory parade at noon. The parade will begin at Fifth and Figueroa streets in downtown and will travel down to the Staples Center and L.A. Live. A rally for fans inside the Staples Center will follow the parade at 2:30 p.m.
Tickets for the parade are completely free and will be available on the Kings website starting at 6 p.m. Tuesday for the general public. Season ticket members and suite and premier seat owners can reserve their tickets starting at noon. There is a maximum of four tickets per account.
The victory has been long-awaited for many fans, who were giddy with happiness after a historic win that was 45 years in the making. When Kings captain Dustin Brown skated the Stanley Cup to center ice Monday night, it brought many fans to tears.
"We've gone through so many downs, more than ups. I cried when they won it, and you're going to make me cry right now, that's how much it means," said fan Richard Sanchez.
Police presence was heavy in downtown. As a Kings win became more and more promising, the LAPD went on tactical alert throughout the city. A total of six arrests were made and only a few minor incidents were noted, but the LAPD says the majority of Kings fans celebrated responsibly.
City leaders and the Kings hope the safe celebrations will continue through Thursday's victory parade and fan rally. The team released a public service announcement immediately after the game, asking fans to keep celebrations under control.
Police advise fans planning to attend the parade to line up on Figueroa Street between Fifth Street and Chick Hearn Court. Areas near the Staples Center will be tightly controlled in the manner of Monday night's oversight.
Of course, the win was also a dream come true for the players. Many of them had been training for that winning moment since they were kids.
"This is something I've dreamed of for 20 years, it's something the city has dreamed of for 45, there's no words to really express what I'm feeling or what this city is feeling right now," said Dustin Brown.
Now that they've won the championship, Kings players will get to spend some personal time with their trophy. As part of a long standing tradition, the cup will be passed around to each member of the team.
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