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Kobe Bryant public memorial: Can you get tickets?

A new report suggests tickets are available for the Staples Center memorial event

The NBA on TNT crew weighed in on Kobe Bryant. Los Angeles Lakers Kobe Bryant exits the Vivint Smart Home Arena after the Lakers lost to the Utah Jazz in Salt Lake City on Monday, March 28, 2016. Jazz 123-Lakers 75.
Kobe Bryant and Gianna Bryant will be celebrated by the public on Monday, Feb. 24, 2020, at the Staples Center, and the public is free to attend. Los Angeles Lakers Kobe Bryant exits the Vivint Arena after the Lakers lost to the Utah Jazz in Salt Lake City on Monday, March 28, 2016.
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Kobe Bryant and Gianna Bryant will be celebrated by the public on Feb. 24 at the Staples Center, and the public is free to attend.

Who can attend Kobe Bryant’s public memorial?

  • A new report from TMZ suggests NBA players and officials, family and friends can attend the Kobe Bryant public memorial. Season ticket holders and local politicians will also receive access to the event.
  • However, public attendees will have a chance to buy tickets on a first-come, first-service basis, according to TMZ.
  • No official word on how many tickets will be available or how fans can buy them.

Some additional context:

  • Law enforcement officials told TMZ that those who don’t have tickets for the memorial service won’t be allowed near the arena due to the massive crowd.
  • Per PopCulture.com, Los Angeles celebrity funerals have a history of drawing massive crowds: “Similar to the memorials for Michael Jackson and Nipsey Hussle, the streets surrounding the Staples Center will be closed for security and traffic control. The memorial will reportedly not be broadcast on the screens outside Staples or L.A. Live.”

A private funeral for Kobe Bryant

  • Multiple reports suggested Vanessa Bryant and her family laid Kobe Bryant and her daughter Gianna Bryant to rest last Friday in Orange County.
  • Per Entertainment Tonight: “Vanessa and the family wanted a private service to mourn their loss. The ceremony was extremely hard for everyone as it’s still hard for them to grasp they lost two beautiful souls.”