Kobe & Gianna Bryant’s Public Memorial: Official Ticket Information Released
On Friday, the Los Angeles Lakers organization released information on how fans will be able to get tickets for Kobe and Gianna's public memorial, to be held on February 24 at Staples Center.
In order to ensure that fans have a chance to attend, the team will be using Ticketmaster Verified Fan to distribute tickets.
From now through February 17, fans can register to purchase the tickets.
On February 18, registered fans will receive personal access codes that allow them to participate in the ticket sale. If there aren't enough tickets to go around, fans will be selected at random to participate in the sale.
On Wednesday, February 19, at 10 a.m. PST, a limited number of tickets will be released to the public, with all proceeds going to the Mamba & Mambacita Sports Foundation.
As for the cost, tickets will have three different prices: $224 each, 2 for $224, and $24.02 each. The prices are a nod to Kobe and Gianna's jersey numbers, #24 and #2.
The tickets will be non-transferable.
TMZ reports that event organizers are working with Kobe's family to determine who will be able to speak and perform at the service.
The site noted that family, friends, players, NBA officials, and season ticket holders will be the first to be invited to the memorial.
Staples Center, where Kobe played most of his NBA career, holds around 20,000 seats, so it is impossible for every fan to be accommodated.
Law enforcement sources told the outlet that those who don't have tickets will not be able to come close to the venue. The streets around the sports arena will likely be closed for security and traffic control, similar to Michael Jackson and Nipsey Hussle's memorials.
The memorial will broadcast on multiple networks.
Weeks ago, the Los Angeles Coliseum was also reportedly being considered as a place for the memorial since it can accommodate roughly 80,000 people.
Last week, Kobe and Gianna were laid to rest at a private funeral in Corona Del Mar, California, near their Newport Beach home.