Stanley Cup Final: Kings Fans Turned Away at L.A. Live

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Large crowds of Kings fans swarmed L.A. Live on Wednesday evening hoping to see their team win the Stanley Cup, but many were left disappointed after finding out that there was no outside viewing of the game and that restaurants and bars were filled to capacity.


Kings fans including Victoria Ocampo, center, watch the Kings battle the Rangers in the Stanley Cup at the Nokia Theater. (Credit: Los Angeles Times)

The Kings, one game away from winning the Stanley Cup for the second time in three years, were playing the Rangers at the venerable Madison Square Garden in Game 4 of the Stanley Cup Final.

At L.A. Live, hundreds of fans flooded the plaza area, where Game 3 was shown Monday on a big screen. But the fans, many of them decked in black-and-white Kings jerseys, found a far different scene than that of the previous game.

Around 6 p.m., security personnel gated off the plaza area, saying that they were told by fire inspectors that the area was filled beyond capacity. That sparked angry reactions from people who had come downtown in hopes of seeing their team win a championship.

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