Logistics for Wednesday's Lakers Parade
DOWNTOWN LOS ANGELES — A parade celebrating the Lakers 2009 NBA Championship will make its way from L.A. Live to the Coliseum late Wednesday morning. The parade starts at 11am and leads to a noon celebration inside the Coliseum.
Gates at the Coliseum will open at 9:30am, with 95,000 fans allowed inside on a first-come-first-served basis. According to the Lakers website, Coach Phil Jackson and several players will address the crowd.
Players, coaches, team executives and city officials will board double-decker buses at L.A. Live for the two-mile trip down Figueroa.
Downtown, street closures will start in the L.A. Live and Figueroa areas. Closures on Figueroa will start at 6am and run from Chick Hearn Ct. (11th street) to Martin Luther King. All cross-streets will be closed at 10am. Streets will reopen at roughly 1pm.
Numerous Metro bus lines will be affected. Metro says to expect delays on lines 28, 30, 31, 35, 37, 38, 40, 42, 55, 70, 71, 76, 78, 79, 81, 96, 102, 200, 204, 335, 355, 378, 439, 442, 444, 445, 446, 447, 450x, 460, 484, 485, 550, 714, 728, 730, 740, 754 and 770. LADOT's DASH Route F will also be affected.
Fans arriving via public transportation can take the Red Line to 7th / Metro or the Blue Line to Pico in order to reach L.A. Live, or the Blue Line's stop at Washington / Grand in order to get a little under halfway to the Coliseum.
Buses to the Coliseum are available on Vermont from the Wilshire / Vermont subway station, but traffic in the area will likely cause delays.
After controversy over the city's involvement in financing services for the parade, private donations will now pay for all costs incurred. The L.A. Times reports that $850,000 has currently been raised.