LOS ANGELES (CBS) — Free tickets to the Los Angeles Kings’ Stanley Cup victory parade are now selling for upward of $200 on sites such as eBay and Craigslist.
Many of the tickets went to 2012 and 2013 season ticket holders. The remaining ones were only available online Tuesday night.
AEG is helping the team, which just claimed its first NHL Stanley Cup Championship in franchise history, throw a parade on the streets of downtown Los Angeles Thursday.
The parade will begin at 12 p.m. on the corner of Figueroa and West 5th streets. Players and their families, coaches, and the team’s mascot will ride on double-decker buses as they showcase the Stanley Cup to fans along the parade route. The parade is expected to last 30 to 45 minutes and will culminate at Staples Center.
Beginning at 2:30 p.m., the Staples Center rally will offer fans video highlights from the season, speeches from the players, and some “surprises,” according to event organizers.
Staples Center will open at approximately 1 p.m. Thursday to fans with tickets and all refreshment stands will be open until the end of the rally.
There will be several parking lots available for fans near the parade route, as well as at the Los Angeles Convention Center and Staples Center.
However, fans are encouraged to take the Blue and Expo lines, or the 7th and Figueroa Street Metro Station. Downtown LA residents can reach the parade by taking the Dash bus line.
The following closures will be in effect from 4 a.m. Thursday:
• Figueroa Street between 3rd Street and Pico Boulevard,
• 11th Street/Chick Hearn Court between Figueroa and Cherry streets,
• L.A. LIVE Way (formerly Cherry Street) between Olympic and Pico boulevards
Event organizers ask that all fans remember to celebrate safely and responsibly.