Sports Victory Parades In LA Shouldn't Be On Weekdays

An LA Fan's Victory Parade Woes

6/18/12 in NHL   |   natsaar   |   160 respect

Jun 14, 2012; Los Angeles, CA, USA; General view of the Los Angeles Kings victory celebration parade in front of the Nokia Theatre and ESPN Zone and the L.A. Live plaza. Mandatory Credit: Kirby Lee/Image of Sport-US PRESSWIREI have been a fan of Los Angeles sports since I was born. In that time, our teams have won a total of nine championships between our basketball, baseball and hockey teams, and I have yet to attend a parade. This has become increasingly annoying as I've grown up, and has come to a head with the Kings winning the Stanley Cup.

This team has arguably the strongest, most dedicated and tortured fan base out of all others in the city (Clippers included), and they have finally won their first championship. Finally! Of course everyone is excited for the victory parade that will follow, but unfortunately the fans who filled Staples night after night will not be able to attend.

For some reason, these victory parades are always planned in the middle of a weekday when the vast majority of people are at work and unable to attend or even watch the parade. They can partake in none of the festivities that they've waited so long for.

Clearly the fans who attended the night games are not going to be able to come out during the day. The city and team are neglecting these fans who whole-heartedly cheered on their team all season long. The season ticket holders make up a large portion of the audience at games, and they are the ones who essentially make the money for the team. These people are hard at work during the day, so that they can get season tickets next year.

Jun 21, 2010; Los Angeles, CA, USA; General view of the 2009-10 Los Angeles Lakers championship parade on Figueroa Street. Mandatory Credit: Kirby Lee/Image of Sport-US PRESSWIRE

One of the worst parts of having the parade during the day is the traffic. It's bad enough that people are sitting in cubicles, knowing that the festivities are taking place, but then they have to sit through the traffic generated from this to get home, rubbing in their faces what they've missed out on. At any given time the streets and freeways of LA can be packed, but it's a certainty that this will happen on weekday afternoons. So, bringing thousands of more people into the city at this time will only serve to remind fans, as they wait an extra hour to get home, that they couldn't partake in the last celebration of their long awaited Stanley Cup.

Sure, you could argue that if fans really wanted to be there they could take off work or call in sick, but why encourage that kind of behavior? This is a time when people are happy to have any kind of job, and they wouldn't risk it by calling in sick on a day when their favorite team is obviously having a parade.

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6/19/12   |   Debi_L   |   11785 respect

Hi Becky!!!

Glad to read your perspective as well.  As you know, it has been a long time since my Flames hoisted the Cup, and at the time I was living in the Queen Charlotte Islands, so all my celebrations were thru that little screen I called a TV.  Plus, I've never lived in a city as large as LA, so I can only imagine the logistics of traffic, etc.

I'm really glad the team honored the season ticket holders. I can only imagine how many more of them there will be next year.

BTW, all the jokes I heard after the win made me angry How dare they say "LA just found out they HAVE a  hockey team"  I never liked Jay Leno, now I like him even less.

I'm also glad you fellow teaches pitched in so you could go to the games.  When I wanted to attend our Rage games here in my lil town, my boss never considered my requests for early "release" from the coal mines LOL.

I sure hope the celebrating continues for you, right up until the next season starts!

6/19/12   |   kteacher   |   34313 respect

Debi_L wrote:
I am honestly of the opinion that the fans who are season ticket holders should be honored by the team.  These are the people who attend games, win or lose, playoffs or not.  Staples Center should host an event for those season ticket holders, either on the weekend or at night as you suggest.  The balance of the tickets should be given to the people who express desire to attend.  Is a parade really necessary? Could there be some other kind of recognition or celebration? I think so. 

Love your perspective though!!

First.....hi debi! laugh

Now some of my random thoughts while reading this....

1. Most (if not all) victory parades are during the work week. This may have something to do with enough cops ....city workers (those responsible for cleaning up) etc... The Kings parade was no different..............in fact LAPD estimates that over 250,000 fans came out to celebrate. Another guess to why these types of parades happen during the week................probably to lessen the amount of people and make for a more enjoyable event......I don't know. I had no problem with it being on the week day. I was planning on being there no matter what. The only thing I would have done different if it had been on a weekend was leave earlier for a better view of the parade at LA Live. 

2. The Rally inside Staples-----Season Ticket Holders had first dibs on tickets for this event......before they went public. If you were lucky enough to get a ticket, you then were able to view the parade outside LA Live----pretty cool by the way. Also, if you weren't able to make the parade....like my fellow teach and season ticket holder at my school, you still had your ticket to go to the rally. Win win...in my book. Rally started at 2:30. 

3. All of the games for the Finals started at 5 p.m.............which meant most people who were attending these games had to leave work early in order to beat traffic, etc.... (I was lucky to have a teach friend cover for me 4 times......3 games and the parade........and the parade was held on the last day of school.......my parents and kids understood----once in a lifetime thing and all....and from what I gather for others........most employers were pretty cool with letting people attend or leave early if possible.) Soo....if you were an employer of a nutty long suffering fan like myself, you were already prepared to let your employee go..........knowing that when it was all over, he/she would bust their ass even more for you because of your kindness. laugh

4. The only street closures were those used for the parade. Most companies allowed their employees to view the parade from their windows or in front of their buildings. 

5....last random thought.......and factoid. The Kings have already sold out their half season and 10 game packs for next season (and they did this before starting round 3) and are close to selling out their season seats for the first time ever in club history. This past season only had two games not be be sell out games. The Kings will have no problems with attendance next season........

****Also, the team that just lifted the Stanley Cup a week ago will pretty much be the same one taking the ice next season....making this typer a very happy fan! 

6/18/12   |   natsaar   |   160 respect

Thanks! I appreciate you reading it. I know it is lengthy haha I agree. The season ticket holders deserve something extra for sure, but even the casual fan. It makes no sense to have a parade at a time when people wouldn't be able to attend games.

6/18/12   |   Debi_L   |   11785 respect

I am honestly of the opinion that the fans who are season ticket holders should be honored by the team.  These are the people who attend games, win or lose, playoffs or not.  Staples Center should host an event for those season ticket holders, either on the weekend or at night as you suggest.  The balance of the tickets should be given to the people who express desire to attend.  Is a parade really necessary? Could there be some other kind of recognition or celebration? I think so. 

Love your perspective though!!