DENVER — Ball Arena was rocking and bars across LoDo were packed as the Colorado Avalanche clinched the Stanley Cup Sunday night.
The Tampa Bay Lightning defeated the Avalanche Friday, forcing Sunday's Game 6. The Avalanche beat Tampa 2-1 in that game, bringing the Cup back to Denver.
The Avs faced the Lightning in Tampa, leaving Ball Arena open for thousands of fans to watch the game on the big screen. The watch party was expanded for Game 6, with the entire arena open for the event, rather than just the first two levels. The event was sold out.
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Bars across LoDo expected huge crowds for the potentially decisive Game 6. Blake Street Tavern owner Chris Fuselier said Friday was the busiest night in the bar's 19-year history. About 1,200 people gathered inside while another 500 cheered the Avs on in a tent outside. Fuselier expected a similar crowd Sunday night.
Another big watch party was held at McGregor Square outside of Coors Field.
One person was arrested in the area of 10th and Market streets for discharging fireworks, Denver Police Department said.
The City of Denver will celebrate the Avalanche victory with a parade and rally Thursday.
The festivities begin at 9 a.m. at Civic Center Park with live music, 2021-2022 season highlight reels, live video from the parade and more.
The parade starts at 10 a.m. at Union Station at 17th and Wynkoop streets. It will proceed down 17th Street to Broadway, then travel south on Broadway to Civic Center Park.
After the parade arrives, the City and County of Denver will present a special program honoring the 2022 Stanley Cup Champions.
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