Huge turnout expected at Pens victory parade today

Pittsburgh Penguins' fans outside a private hangar at Greater Pittsburgh International Airport wave to team members as they drive past after arriving in Moon, Pa., Monday, June 13, 2016. (AP)

PITTSBURGH (AP) — A huge turnout is expected in downtown Pittsburgh for the 2016 Stanley Cup champion Pittsburgh Penguins victory parade.

A parade after the team’s last Stanley Cup championship in 2009 drew nearly 400,000 people.

The parade will begin at 11:30 a.m. today, June 15, seven years ago to the day that the last one was held.

Players and coaches are expected to be driven along a triangular route to a temporary stage, where other dignitaries will join them for remarks and festivities.

The team was founded as an expansion franchise in 1967, and also won the Stanley Cup in 1991 and 1992.

The Penguins clinched the championship with a 3-1 victory Sunday night against the San Jose Sharks, winning the best-of-seven series 4-2.