Blackhawks Draw 2 Million To Chicago Parade, Rally
Chicago on Friday celebrated the Blackhawks "with a massive parade and rally ... that broke the 2010 attendance record" for the team's previous Stanley Cup win with an estimated crowd of 2 million. Fans "transformed Grant Park into a red sea." The celebration "began early, with fans filling trains and buses before sunrise." Metra routes at one point "became so crowded that the commuter train service began to fall behind schedule and started skipping stops because of capacity concerns" (CHICAGO TRIBUNE, 6/30). Fans "cheered lustily" when Blackhawks Chair Rocky Wirtz "was introduced at Grant Park." They also "cheered the restless, aggressive" President & CEO John McDonough. They "cheered because the Hawks, under these men's direction, have become a restless, edgy franchise, one that likes money but likes winning more" (CHICAGO SUN-TIMES, 6/30). The CHICAGO TRIBUNE's Dan McNeil wrote under the header, "Hawks Now A Model Franchise" (CHICAGO TRIBUNE, 6/29).