Due to overwhelming demand for tickets to the Dec. 16 commissioning ceremony of the USS Little Rock LCS 9 at Canalside, the commissioning committee has been forced to end ticket registration.
"We have seen an overwhelming request for tickets, and capacity for this event at Canalside has been reached," said Maurice L. Naylon III, chairman of the local commissioning committee. "With nearly 9,000 people requesting tickets, we have reached the limit for attendance given the layout of Canalside for the commissioning of the USS Little Rock LCS 9."
Although tickets for the commissioning ceremony are sold out, the general public is able to view the USS Little Rock LCS 9 while the ship is docked at Canalside for commissioning week (Dec. 8-17). More information and a schedule of events can be found at www.usslittlerocklcs9.org
Canalside will be open during the commissioning week, so the general public can view LCS 9 without a ticket. However, canalside streets will be closed to vehicle traffic, so visitors are encouraged to use the NFTA Metro Rail to get to Canalside for commissioning week. Canalside will be a secured area and anyone visiting during commissioning week will be required to pass through a TSA-type security screening.
This event is historic for LCS 9, her crew, the Navy and all of Buffalo and Western New York, as this will be the first time in the 242-year U.S. Navy history that a new ship is commissioned alongside her namesake - the original USS Little Rock, now on permanent display at the Buffalo & Erie County Naval & Military Park. That ship was in service from Aug. 27, 1944, until her decommissioning in November 1976.
The USS Little Rock LCS 9 commissioning committee is an all-volunteer effort responsible for the oversight and organization of activities in support of the commissioning ceremony. In addition to organizing, managing, funding and producing the activities and events for the commissioning week, the committee is charged with raising money to fund a number of scholarships and initiatives. Net proceeds will benefit scholarships for students in the community, as well as provide financial support for the decommissioned USS Little Rock.