The Stanley Cup is returning to Springfield — the public will have a chance to view it, but it will be tight.
A Blackhawks spokesman says the Cup will arrive at Abraham Lincoln Capital Airport on July 29, and the public will get a chance to see it around 7:00 a.m.
Its first stop will be at a legislative reception at the Abraham Lincoln Presidential Library and Museum, then for a group photo with the Illinois Air National Guard’s 183rd Fighter Wing. It’s scheduled to leave the museum around 9:00, at which point fans will have another chance to view and/or take pictures with it.
The spokesman says it’s unclear how much time the public will get in between stops due to unpredictable turnout, and it’s possible not everyone will get their picture with the Cup.
In between the two stops, Betty Wirtz will have a private event. When the team won the championship in 2010 — its first Stanley Cup since 1961 — the traveling trophy appeared under the Illinois State Capitol and sat under a tent at the Illinois State Fair, where fans could see it and be photographed with it.