The rally doesn't start for hours, but hundreds of Chicago Blackhawks fans are already lined up outside Soldier Field in preparation for the team's Stanley Cup celebration.

Some fans arrived as early as 4:30 a.m. — six and a half hours before the scheduled 11 a.m. start. A parade to the stadium through the city's Loop and to Michigan Avenue starts at 10 a.m.

Fans snoozed and played card games to pass the time. Others talked about how excited they are to see their favorite players, including Duncan Keith and Jonathan Toews.

The city planned to have screens outside the stadium in the south parking lot for fans who can't get inside Soldier Field. Tickets to the event are free.

___