Fans interested in attending the Celebration of Life for Kobe and Gianna Bryant that was previously announced to be held on Feb. 24 (2/24, for their jersey numbers) inside Staples Center got an update on how they can do so courtesy of the Los Angeles Lakers on Friday.
Starting right now, those interested in attending can go to this website to register for a chance to purchase tickets (it does not cost money to register). Registration is open until Monday, Feb. 17 at 10:00 p.m.
After registering, here is how the process will work, according to the Lakers’ press release:
On Tuesday, February 18 in the evening registered fans will receive an email. Verified fans will also receive a text with their personal access codes. This access code will allow the fan to participate in the public sale. These codes cannot be purchased and are non-transferable.
If demand for tickets from verified fans exceeds supply, fans will be selected at random to participate in the public sale.
On Wednesday, February 19 at 10:00 a.m. tickets will be released for public sale. Fans with personal access codes will have access to purchase available tickets.
Tickets will be priced at $224 each, 2 for $224 and $24.02 each.
All proceeds from the ticket sales will go to the Mamba and Mambacita Sports Foundation.
The Lakers also made sure to note that “all tickets are non-transferable,” and that “on the day of the event, all ticketed guests will be required to enter with the ticket purchaser.”
And those who don’t have tickets are being cautioned to stay away:
The Celebration of Life for Kobe & Gianna Bryant will not be shown on any video screens or by any other means outside of STAPLES Center, including the L.A. LIVE video screens.
There will also not be any overflow locations for members of the public to view the event which, will be shown live on most local Los Angeles television stations.
Members of the public without tickets to the Celebration of Life are strongly advised by STAPLES Center and law enforcement not to come downtown near STAPLES Center or L.A. LIVE as fans without tickets will not be able to access the STAPLES Center site, L.A. Live site, or adjacent streets.
While obviously there are far more people who would want to attend this event than there are spots open to attend it, it’s also understandable that the Lakers, Staples Center and the city want to keep everyone safe by making sure that the area doesn’t get completely overcrowded with mourners, which could be dangerous.
For all of you that are local, good luck with the ticket lottery. Stay tuned to Silver Screen and Roll for further updates on this event.
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