Lakers, Clippers, Kings, And Cars Crowd Downtown LA

LOS ANGELES (CBS/AP) — A perfect storm of sports is headed to Los Angeles. And there could be as much competition for downtown traffic lanes and parking spots as there is inside Staples Center.

KNX 1070’s Ed Mertz Reports

On Saturday the Lakers host the Oklahoma City Thunder and the Clippers take on the San Antonio Spurs in back-to-back NBA playoff games at Staples.

Then on Sunday the real traffic trouble comes as the NHL’s Kings will host the Phoenix Coyotes on the same day that the Amgen Tour of California cycling race will bring a shutdown of downtown streets, including those surrounding the Staples Center.

City and Staples officials are telling Kings fans on Sunday to arrive before 9 a.m., three hour before start time, and urging fans all weekend to take public transportation if at all possible.

Hockey fans are being asked to park north of Staples Center and cycling fans south of L.A. Live.

For parking information and a list of street closures, visit

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