Tickets for Tuesday's Michael Jackson's memorial service at the Staples Center in downtown Los Angeles will be free, and those wishing to attend can register now on the offical website
for a chance to attend the service. A total of 17,500 tickets will be available for the 10 a.m. event, but only 11,000 will be released for the Staples Center.
Details were revealed at a morning news conference held by concert promoter AEG, the company that owns the Staples Center and was to promote Jackson's 50-date comeback residency at London's O2 Arena
. The remaining Staples Center seats -- the venue has a capacity of around 19,000 -- will be held for friends and industry. A total of 6,500 tickets will be available for the Nokia Theatre, which is across the street from the Staples Center at L.A. Live. The venue will host a simulcast of the event.
No details were revealed today on what would transpire at the memorial service. Downtown Los Angeles streets will be closed surrounding the Staples Center, and those not holding tickets are urged to stay home and watch the service via the Web. The area surrounding the Staples Center will be blocked at Flower Street on the west, Olympic Boulevard on the north, Pico Boulevard on the south and Blaine Street on the east.
Registration will be open until Saturday, July 4, at 6 p.m. PST. A raffle will be held after registration closes. Succesful applicants will receive two tickets each, as well as details on how to pick up the wristbands, which will be distributed Monday.There will not be a funeral procession.
Asked about the potential of scalping by those who receive wristbands, AEG's President and CEO Tim Leiweke said, "Shame on them." An AEG spokesperson said anyone without tickets "will be stopped a great distance away from the Staples Center."
-- Todd Martens
Photo credit: Barbara Davidson / Los Angeles Times. Full press statement below.
From the Staples Center website:
The Michael Jackson Public Memorial Service will take place on Tuesday, July 7, 2009 at 10:00 a.m. at STAPLES Center in downtown Los Angeles, California and simulcast inside to Nokia Theatre L.A. LIVE across the street. A limited number of free tickets to both venues will be made available for Michael Jackson's fans to attend.
Due to the expected overwhelming demand, the following procedures have been set to accommodate registration for the tickets. Please note that by registering for tickets to attend the Public Memorial Service, it does NOT guarantee the registrant tickets.
The opportunity to register for tickets begins at 10:00 a.m. Pacific Time on Friday, July 3, 2009 and ends at 6:00 p.m. Pacific Time on Saturday, July 4, 2009.
Please enter your information [on the Staples Center Web site] to receive two tickets, that will be randomly distributed for either STAPLES Center or Nokia Theatre L.A. LIVE to attend the Michael Jackson Public Memorial Service. Only one entry per individual will be accepted. Registering to attend the Public Memorial Service is NOT a guarantee of tickets. Two tickets will be issued to each randomly selected attendee. Offer valid to residents of the United States only.