Inclement weather won’t hinder the Chicago Blackhawks Stanley Cup championship parade, but it will change the route up from previous years.
After shutting out the Tampa Bay Lightning 2-0 in Game 6 Monday night, the Blackhawks lifted their third Cup in six years and the celebration is set for Thursday morning beginning at 10 a.m. local time.
But unlike the last go-round in 2013, the festivities will instead wrap up with a rally at Soldier Field, home of the NFL's Bears.
The office of Chicago Mayor Rahm Emanuel promised a “world class” event, with parade taking place in the city’s Loop, touching on Monroe Street, Jefferson Street, and Michigan Avenue, according to WLS-TV.
Heavy rain soaked much of the city and officials were worried that millions of Blackhawks supporters could damage Hutchinson Field inside Grant Park.
Instead the parade will wind through the loop and culminate in a free rally at Soldier Field, which can hold 65,000 people. Again the rally is free, but would-be spectators need to acquire tickets via Ticketmaster.com. The tickets go on sale at 12 p.m. Wednesday.
However, parking for the event won’t be free. The Soldier Field lot will open at 5 a.m. Thursday for $20, and the stadium’s gates open at 8 a.m.
"The City of Chicago is so proud of the Blackhawks, which is why we are going to throw them a celebration that only Chicago can throw - a celebration worthy of a hockey dynasty," Emanuel said.
There’s also a chance the weather conditions might not be ideal during the event. Rain fell Wednesday morning, and scattered and isolated thunderstorms are expected to pick back up around 2 a.m. Thursday morning and will continue to fall for about nine hours.