Stanley is back in Chicago where he belongs. Once again, the city of Chicago will be pulling out all stops to honor the hometown Chicago Blackhawks with a parade and rally.
For the third time in six years the B-Hawks have pulled it off by bringing home the coveted cup.
Is this getting old? Not to Chicago fans who are shouting their praise and calling the team a dynasty.
Due to heavy rains and construction, the city has had to do some shuffling from past celebrations making necessary changes for this year's parade route and rally.
The big day for the 2015 bash will be Thursday, June 18th. Due to flooded conditions in parts of Grant Park, the 2015 rally will be held at Soldier Field.
Since Soldier Field cannot accommodate as large a crowd as Grant Park, this year's rally will require tickets--sure to be a disappointment to the fans who are unable to obtain the free, but limited, required tickets. Whereas in the past an unlimited number of fans were able to attend the rally sans tickets.
But it is what it is.
Tickets for the Blackhawks rally on June 18 at 11 a.m. (gates open at 8 a.m.) will go live on Ticketmaster.com at noon (12 p.m.) Wednesday, June 17. Your information can be pre-loaded now at Ticketmaster so that you can get first crack at the tickets.
The tickets will be distributed on a first come, first served basis with a limit of 4 tickets per person. The winners will receive email confirmation and then need to print out their tickets and bring them to Soldier Field for entrance to the rally.
Although it is not being called such, this is pretty much a lottery, considering that the past attendance for rallies hovered around 2 million but now will be limited to the 65,000 plus that Soldier Field can accommodate.
So good luck to all. And, remember, even if you don't get rally tickets, there is the parade and the big screen videos that will be placed in strategic locations in the area.
The parade route has also been changed from past years due to the construction along Washington Blvd.
The 2015 parade route will step off from Racine and Washington heading east to Washington to DesPlaines, then go south on Des Plaines to Monroe, then east on Monroe to Michigan Avenue. (Please note: This is a change from what the city originally announced).
Double-decker buses will be carrying the team and front office personnel.
The parade is expected to start at approximately 10 a.m. with the rally kicking off at 11 ish. Some parking will be available for $20 in Soldier Field lots.
In the meantime, check out some cup history and where the cup will be traveling. Word has it that it will be stopping by Wrigley Field prior to tonight's Cub's game (after hanging out at Kaner's nearby Lakeview digs).
A Little Cup History
Back in 1892, Sir Frederick Arthur Stanley, Lord Stanley of Preston, was Governor General of Canada. He bought a small gold-plated silver bowl for 10 Guineas (approximately $50) to honor the best ice hockey team in Canada and the tradition began.
In 1910, the National Hockey Association took possession of the Stanley Cup, and since 1926 only NHL teams have competed for this treasured prize.
The "Cup" has undergone many changes since the 1892. The current Cup consists of a bowl, three tiered bands, a collar and five uniform bands. It is 35 1/4 inches tall and weighs 34 1/2 pounds.
Follow the Cup
Once the Cup is presented to the championship team each of the organization's players and staff get to spend 24 hours alone (or with anyone of their choosing) with the Cup--a tradition which is unique to the NHL and the Cup. Some unusual places where the Cup has been guest of honor include: backyard barbeques, weddings, strip clubs and local pubs. Reportedly, it has been both urinated and defecated into. It has shared a bed with at least one hockey player and his wife. Both a Kentucky Derby winning horse and a player's dog has eaten from it.
Click here, to follow the cup.
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