Ithaca, N.Y. — A little more than 1,000 people streamed into Cass Park Saturday morning to see and celebrate Dustin Brown and his second Stanley Cup victory.
Mayor Svante Myrick announced at the event that July 5, 2014, in Ithaca would be Dustin Brown Day.
Our reporter Rubin Danberg Biggs is at the scene and says:
– As of around 10 a.m., Brown was chatting with friends of his and members of the media.
– A huge line had formed outside the rink, with hundreds more inside the Cass Park rink to see Brown. Different families and individuals took turns getting photos with Brown and the Cup.
– Another huge line formed inside the rink for autographs.
– Security is tight and they have guards at every entrance.
– Two young boys at the event held a miniature Cup. It’s “pretty awesome to see Dustin and the Cup. It was really a once-in-a-lifetime opportunity,” their dad says.
– Michael Baim turned up to see the Stanley Cup, “but I’m a Rangers fan so it’s bittersweet.”
– Jack loPinto, Brown’s second cousin, was on scene:
– There were at least 150 people lined up by the time some folks arrived at 8 a.m. (ESPN Ithaca quoted someone who arrived at the rink at 5:30 a.m.)
Some more photos and images from around social media:
We let our reporter go so he could interview Brown. … But we’ll update this story soon.