The Pittsburgh Penguins will celebrate their 2016 Stanley Cup championship with a parade on Wednesday morning. Pittsburgh clinched the title on Sunday night with a win on the road against the San Jose Sharks in Game 6 of the finals.
The parade route will be similar to the celebration when the team won the title seven years ago. Starting at 11:30 a.m. ET on Grant Street at Liberty Avenue, the celebration will move along Grant Street to the Boulevard of the Allies. Going down the Boulevard of the Allies, the parade is set to end at a stage on Stanwix Street.
Roads will start to be closed in Pittsburgh at 12 a.m. ET on Wednesday morning. When the Penguins had a championship parade on the exact same day in 2009, nearly 400,000 fans came out to show their support.
Pittsburgh fans have been waiting since 2009 to celebrate a championship, witnessing many playoff runs that have failed to result in a championship. With three sports franchises, the Penguins, Steelers and Pirates have all had their share of success in the regular season, but they haven’t been able to get the job done in the postseason.
With two championships separated by just a little more than four months, 2009 was one of the best years in Pittsburgh sports history. Since winning the Super Bowl in February of that year, the Steelers have made four playoff appearances, including a trip to the 2011 Super Bowl. The Penguins have reached the playoffs in every year since winning the Stanley Cup in 2009, and the Pirates have made three straight playoff appearances, never reaching the championship series.
The Penguins also won the Stanley Cup in 1991 and 1992.