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Kobe, Gigi Bryant memorial: Ticket information announced

Posted: 3:50 PM, Feb 14, 2020
Updated: 2020-02-14 15:50:25-05
Kobe Bryant and daughter Gianna

LOS ANGELES — Ticket information was released Friday for mourners hoping to honor Kobe Bryant and his daughter Gianna at a public memorial.

Not much is known about the Celebration of Life for Kobe and Gianna Bryant memorial, but on Friday, the Los Angeles Lakers and the NBA announced that those who want to purchase tickets for the Feb. 24 event are able to register online through Ticketmaster.

From Friday, Feb. 14, through Monday, Feb. 17 at 10 p.m. PT, fans can register using the Ticketmaster Verified Fan system to register to purchase tickets.

On the evening of Feb. 18, fans will be notified if they have been verified and whether or not they were invited to participate in ticket purchasing. From there, those invited will receive a unique access code and link to access the sale.

If demand exceeds the number of tickets — which will likely happen — fans will be selected at random to participate in the sale.

Tickets will be released for public sale on Feb. 19 at 10 a.m. PT.

Tickets are priced at $224 each, two for $224 and $24.02 each.

Proceeds from ticket sales will be donated to the Mamba and Mambacita Sports Foundation.

The foundation aims to provide access, opportunity and to teach life skills to young children through the vehicle of sports.

The memorial will not be shown on any video screens or by any other means outside of the STAPLES Center, which has an indoor capacity of about 20,000.

Earlier this month, the icon’s widow Vanessa Bryant shared details of the memorial in an Instagram post, calling the event a "celebration of life."

Vanessa Bryant's post Friday was captioned, "#2, #24 #20 years as a Laker and the amount of years Kob and I were together." The date 2/24 could also be symbolic, as Kobe Bryant wore No. 24 in the latter part of his NBA career with the Los Angeles Lakers, and his daughter, Gianna, wore No. 2 for her youth basketball teams.

The 41-year-old former NBA star; his 13-year-old daughter, Gianna; and seven others were aboard the aircraft when it went down in Calabasas Jan. 26. Everyone on board died.

Wreckage from the helicopter did not show any evidence of outward engine failure, according to a preliminary report released by the National Transportation Safety Board Friday. Investigators said the helicopter was only 100 feet (30 meters) from the cloud tops when he suddenly descended.

This story comprises of reporting by PIX11's News' web team, Scripps National and the Associated Press.