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05-16-2012, 01:04 PM
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Alert for those going to Staples Game 4 on Sunday

It's gonna be a nightmare. The Tour of California bike race is ending at around11:45 AM (!!) right in front of Staples on Fig and 11th.

That's only 15 minutes before game time. In addition, a couple of big lots that are usually for Staples are going to be reserved for the bike race compound. Better get to Staples early! I gotta drop the kid in Pasadena beforehand so I'm going to be taking the train in. Additionally, Staples will be opening earlier than normal.


Fans Attending STAPLES Center Events on Sunday are Encouraged to Plan Ahead Before Coming Downtown Kings, Lakers, Clippers and the world's best cyclists will all compete for coveted championship titles

LOS ANGELES (May 15, 2012) – It will be an unprecedented four days, not only for the fans of the Los Angeles Lakers, Clippers, Kings and International pro cycling but for a City that has long considered itself to be the sports capital of America.

Beginning this Thursday, May 17th at 6:00 PM when the Los Angeles Kings host the Phoenix Coyotes in Game 3 of the NHL’s Western Conference Finals and concluding on Sunday night, May 20th at 7:30 PM when the Los Angeles Clippers host the San Antonio Spurs for the second time in two days for Game 4 of the NBA’s Western Conference Semifinals, Los Angeles, L.A. LIVE and STAPLES Center will host more NBA and NHL playoff games, not to mention America’s biggest professional cycling race, than any location or region in U.S. sports history.

In between will be Games 3 and 4 of the NBA’s other Western Conference Semifinal series between the Los Angeles Lakers and Oklahoma City Thunder, Game 4 of the Kings vs. Coyotes match-up and Game 3 of the Clippers vs. Spurs series not to mention the overall finish (right in front of STAPLES Center) of the final stage of the 8-day, 750-mile Amgen Tour of California cycling road race featuring the world’s top professional cyclists.

As if the impressive schedule of championship professional sporting events isn’t enough, anyone in the general public who has a bicycle is invited to participate in the “Nissan Ride Before the Pros” 5-mile bike ride taking place from 8:00-9:30 AM on the same downtown Los Angeles course that the professional riders will race on just minutes later. Free of charge, fans who sign up at www.amgentourofcalifornia.com/Nissan will be permitted to ride their bikes on the downtown portion of the closed course to experience the race conditions that the world-class cyclists will go thru later in the morning. Truly a once-in-a-lifetime experience!

“This is an unprecedented weekend for STAPLES Center and Los Angeles. Hosting 6 playoff games in 4 days is something no other arena in the country has ever had the opportunity to do,” Lee Zeidman, Sr. Vice President and General Manger, STAPLES Center, Nokia Theatre and L.A. LIVE. “We are looking forward to an exciting weekend with all three teams playing and having the prestigious Amgen Tour of California cycling race going through the streets of downtown Los Angeles and L.A. LIVE. We encourage Kings ticketholders and Amgen Tour of California fans to plan their route to STAPLES Center and leave plenty of time to get downtown on Sunday, May 20th.”


While fans are always encouraged to plan extra travel and parking time when attending sold-out playoff games, those planning to line the streets of downtown to watch the Amgen Tour of California cycling race on Sunday, which finishes on Figueroa Street at Chick Hearn Court/11th Street at approximately 11:45 AM, or attending the Kings game which begins at noon should visit the STAPLES Center, Los Angeles Kings or L.A. LIVE websites to learn about street closures and detours associated with the bike race.

Parking will be available at the Los Angles Memorial Coliseum Lots 5 & 6 (normal parking rates apply) located off of Hoover Street, where the LA Kings will provide free shuttles that will run from 8:30 AM until one hour after the hockey game’s conclusion.

In addition to the MTA Red Line, which brings fans to 7th and Figueroa and the Blue Line which drops off one block from STAPLES Center at Flower and Pico, the MTA just opened their new Expo Line that also brings riders to the Pico Station across from STAPLES Center. Each of the lines can accommodate passengers with bicycles. For more details on the new Expo Line and other Metro services please visit www.metro.net.

Pedestrian bridges for fans wishing to cross Figueroa Street on foot have been erected at Figueroa Street just North of Chick Hearn Court/11th Street (same street) and Figueroa Street just North of Pico Blvd.


Additionally, the Los Angeles Kings have announced that STAPLES Center will open its doors early on Sunday morning inviting their ticketed fans to enter the arena as early as 9:00 AM. Beginning at 9:00 AM, ticketholders inside STAPLES Center will be served free coffee and doughnuts until 10:30 AM, special TEAM LA special merchandise offers until 10:30 AM, including a free LA Kings Playoff Hockey Puck with any purchase; and autograph booths with fans favorites like Ian Laperriere and Marty McSorley. Fans of all ages with game tickets can visit a specially created Fun Zone inside STAPLES Center featuring games, interactive activities meet and greets with Bailey and the Ice Crew, face painting and other activities. STAPLES Center’s Panasonic Live 4HD scoreboard video screens will replay great games in Kings history, including clips from the current run throughout the morning.

“It is an exciting time for everybody associated with the Kings, AEG and our fans, and it is an exciting and busy time for STAPLES Center and L.A. LIVE,” said Kings President, Business Operations Luc Robitaille. “At the same time we want all of our fans to get to the arena in a safe manner and we are taking this opportunity to provide as much information as we can leading up to Sunday morning in particular.”


With thousands expected to participate in the free “Nissan Ride Before the Pros,” which takes place from 8:00-9:30 AM along a closed 5-mile downtown circuit, or line the same route to cheer-on their favorite professional riders entering the same route at Spring and Temple Streets beginning at 10:30 AM, there will be street closures and detours to ensure a safe experience for fans, riders and those arriving for the Kings game.

In particular, fans driving to STAPLES Center should be aware that street closures closest to STAPLES Center on Sunday will include:

•Figueroa Street from Pico Blvd. to Olympic Blvd
•Chick Hearn Court from Flower Street to Georgia Street
•Pico Blvd. from Flower Street to Figueroa Street
•Flower Street from Pico Blvd. to 11th Street
•Olympic Blvd. from Figueroa Street to Olive Street
•Olive Street, North of Olympic Blvd.
•11th Street from Flower Street to Hill Street
•Hill Street, North of 11th Street
All of the above streets will be re-opened prior to the end of the Kings game.

Pedestrian bridges for fans wishing to cross Figueroa Street on foot have been erected at Figueroa Street just North of Chick Hearn Court/11th Street (same street) and Figueroa Street just North of Pico Blvd.

All eight NBA and NHL playoff games, including Saturday and Sunday STAPLES Center “doubleheaders” and the Amgen Tour of California will be broadcast live on U.S. network television and to millions more thru International networks of affiliates focusing worldwide attention yet again on Los Angeles and the best of professional sports.


•Thursday, May 17th at 6:00 p.m. – Kings vs. Phoenix Coyotes (Game 3)
•Friday, May 18th at 7:30 p.m. – Lakers vs. Oklahoma City Thunder (Game 3)
•Saturday, May 19th at 12:30 p.m. – Clippers vs. San Antonio Spurs (Game 3)
•Saturday, May 19th at 7:30 p.m. – Lakers vs. Oklahoma City Thunder (Game 4)
•Sunday, May 20th (from 10:10-11:45 AM – Amgen Tour of California (beginning on Rodeo Drive and entering downtown 5-mile circuit at approximately 10:35)
•Sunday, May 20th from 8:00 -9:30 a.m. – “Nissan Ride Before the Pros” (taking place on a closed 5-mile course from Temple & Spring Sts. to STAPLES Center)
•Sunday, May 20th at 12:00 p.m. – Kings vs Phoenix Coyotes (Game 4)
•Sunday, May 20th at 7:30 p.m. – Clippers vs. San Antonio Spurs

•STAPLES Center has done 127 doubleheader conversions in 13 seasons. In the 2011-12 season the arena has hosted 19 doubleheaders so far (this weekend will make it 21).
•Converting from Hockey Ice to Basketball Court takes approximately 2 hours and 15 minutes to complete.
•Converting from Basketball Court to Basketball Court takes approximately 1 hour and 30 minutes to complete
•The double header conversion team consists of 35 workers on the event floor with an additional 125 members of a cleaning crew to clean the one million square foot arena. There are also workers in the catering, broadcast and event services departments participating in the conversion.
•STAPLES Center has 168 Suites and 53 Refreshment Stands
•On Sunday, May 20th the LA Kings will have 20,000 fans at STAPLES Center for 12:00 p.m. game; The Amgen Tour of California anticipates over 30,000 fans along the race route from 8:00 a.m. – 12:30 p.m. and the Los Angeles Convention Center will have two conferences that will host over 18,000 guests. Fans our encouraged to leave plenty of time when heading to STAPLES Center or L.A. LIVE and to use pubic transportation.
We strongly recommend that you purchase your parking in advance.

Note: More info and parking information can be found at StaplesCenter.com.

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05-16-2012, 01:35 PM
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Game 3 tomorrow is the best news of all this for me. I had it in my head it was Friday for some reason and I have a social event I have to attend that night. Glad I can watch game 3 now.

I love reading stuff like this though. I know it'll be a major pain for you guys going, and I'm sorry to hear that, but as a Kings fan, it's awesome to see how we are conflicting with these types of events. Clearly no one thought LA would be playing at this stage of the playoffs!

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05-16-2012, 01:51 PM
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I'm taking the train from OC. Pre-gaming all morning. No parking or DUI issues for me!

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05-16-2012, 02:13 PM
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FYI.. MOST street parking in DTLA is free on Sundays meaning you don't have to feed the meters. Just check the posted signs but most of them say "1 Hour parking 8am-6pm except Sunday". Regardless of what is says, if it says "except Sunday", that means the time limit and meter fee do not apply.

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