OAKLAND — Not once, not twice, but for the third time in four years, the Golden State Warriors on Tuesday will proudly hoist their NBA Championship trophy above their heads as confetti rains down on large throngs of adoring fans.
What that means for those in attendance — and even people just trying to get to work on Tuesday — is big crowds. Officials estimate 1 million or more fans will be in attendance, and roughly half of them will take BART to the parade in downtown Oakland.
Here’s everything you need to know:
Start time and route: The parade will begin at 11 a.m. at the corner of Broadway and 11th Street, head straight down Broadway until it turns right at 20th Street/Thomas L. Berkeley Way, right again at Harrison Street, left on 19th Street and right again on Lakeside Drive before circling around Lake Merritt to its terminus at 13th and Oak streets. It’s expected to last about two to three hours.
Best places to view: Unlike in years past, there will be no post-parade rally at Lake Merritt. Instead, in an effort to promote more crowd participation, there will large, Jumbotron-like screens posted along the route. That’ll give fans a better chance of seeing what’s happening in real time and maybe even a chance to ask questions of their favorite players. It also means anywhere along the route will be a good place to get in on the action.
How early should I get there? Although the parade doesn’t start until 11 a.m., spectators are allowed to start grabbing their spots at the front of the sidewalks beginning as early as 6:30 a.m. See below for a list of things you should and shouldn’t bring.
Where can I park? You probably can’t. So, try not to plan on it. There will no parking zones set up for the parade, along with street closures, making even driving around to look for open spots a challenge. Your best bet is to hop on an AC Transit bus or get on BART, which will both be adding extra trains and buses, along with employees to help patrons navigate them. (More on that below.) If you must drive, consider getting there extra early and plan on walking at least a few blocks; the no-parking zones will make street parking limited and the downtown parking lots, many of which are already booked with monthly parkers, may also be full.
Where do I get off on BART? Use the 12th Street and 19th Street stations and expect to rub elbows with your fellow BART riders; the trains will be packed. BART will be running rush-hour service all day using every train at the maximum possible length to cart the expected half-million riders on Tuesday, said BART spokeswoman Alicia Trost. Peak crowds are anticipated between the hours of 9 a.m. and 11 a.m., and 12 p.m. and 2 p.m. But, it won’t be complete mayhem. BART will have extra staff on hand outside stations, as well as on the platforms, …read more
Source:: The Mercury News – Sports