Details released on Kobe & Gianna Bryant's memorial service

Details released on Kobe & Gianna Bryant's memorial service

Jennifer Hudson will perform a special tribute before Sunday's NBA All-Star game to Kobe Bryant, his daughter, Gianna, and the seven others who were killed in a helicopter crash January 26.

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

Going forward, the organization will be known as the Mamba & Mambacita Sports Foundation to carry on Gianna's legacy.

The ticket prices and the date of the event - $224 and February - pay tribute to the jersey numbers worn by Bryant and Gianna, according to KHOU. She further posted a picture with the Grammy victor and Vanessa back in 2018.

Ticket registration was to extend from 11 a.m. Friday through 10 p.m. Monday through the Ticketmaster Verified Fan system. From there, those invited will receive a unique access code and link to access the sale.

TMZ reports the memorial service will be televised live on "multiple networks" and the streets around the Staples Center will be closed for "security and traffic control". When Vanessa, 37, introduced the service, she defined that the date, 2/24, has a particular significance: Gigi wore the No. 2 jersey on her youth groups, whereas Kobe wore No. 24 as a Laker.

Former President Barack Obama took a moment to reflect on the deaths of Kobe and Gianna Bryant.

Capacity at Staples Center is approximately 20,000, and many of those seats are expected to be reserved for Kobe's friends and family, National Basketball Association luminaries and other invited guests.

The arena seats about 20,000 people for non-sports events. Over 1 million people entered a lottery for 17,500 free tickets to attend Michael Jackson's memorial in 2009.

It will be broadcast by Spectrum SportsNet, which telecasts Lakers games in Southern California, and it is expected that ESPN and NBA TV will show portions or all of the memorial, though those plans have yet to be announced. Of course, in addition to Los Angeles, other athletes, artists and even the world of video games also paid tribute to the deceased athlete in several different ways.

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