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Details released on attending Tuesday's Michael Jackson memorial

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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.

 
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Why should the taxpayers of L.A. pay for this event which some estimate will cost $2 million? Charge admission to fans. They will pay for it. We're in the biggest recession in 60 years and the "brilliant" politicians in the city of L.A. think it's just fine to absorb another massive expenditure when there is no money to pay for it?

07/03/09

To the Jackson Family:

Thank You for your kindness to Share Michael with the Public, I especially would like to thank Joe Jackson; for reconizing and for having the courage to act on and build on the great talent; that all of you have. Mr. Jackson I am sure you love your son; after all you named him after yourself; Please; Please step up and be the Father; that your Family so desparately need right now. Demonstate the love I know you have. Afterall; you have an AWESOME FAMILY.......

Jermaine; you are a very strong; indiviual; it takes a lot of courage & strength to face the media; to make the announcement of the demise of your brother; and if the people that was in charge of keeping him in good health; was neglient in doing so: I hope they are punished to the full extent of the law... (even though we all have to be our own best Advocate); do our own research; and use our on common sense; with the information we believe to be true.

To Mrs. Jackson and the rest of the Family;

Be that strong family: that we the people; know you are; We will all get though this together; somehow, someway. Just remember Michael fans are now your fans; we all feel your deepest pain; We are all effected as well; so much more; than anyone could ever imagine; and if I had only one wish; then that wish would be to return the Greatest human to the Planet; that the world has ever know; as there is no greater person or performer; (Past or Present) or ever will be; in my opinion; than MICHAEL JACKSON!!!!! (MY HERO!!!!!!)......This would have been a Man well worth cloning.

So to the JACKSON FAMILY; I thank you; for your many sacrifices to the world; for allow us to get to know you; and Especially; for putting BLACK ON THE MAP....And giving Hope to so many of us. Thank You; Thank You, Thank You....a million times over
Ms. Elizabeth Truedell


I love him!!!!!!
Many people on the largest STD dating site Positivefish. com said that Michael Jackson donated at least $10,000,000 to
the people with HIV in Africa.

We can not afford to pay for MJ's Memorial, nor is it our responsibility! Please explain to me why the Jackson family isn't paying for this. How dare they expect the tax payers from Los Angeles to pay. How dare our elected officials agree to this. Obviously our politicians don't put the needs of the people who pay the taxes & live in LA first. It is our money. It was not OK that we spend money we don't have on a Lakers Parade. So why is it OK that we pay for this? The man made sufficient funds to be able to afford to pay for his final arrangements? He was able to see to it that he took care of his other legal matters related to his final arrangements.

This is wrong and unfair. We all know the fans feel they are entitled to see, be near, be part of things. Do you really believe the fans will calmly accept and respect they are being asked to stay home and not take part? This city has a history of riots and crowds getting out of control. Exactly how much are we expected to pay?
The very least the Jackson family could do is ask the fans to donate to help pay for the costs they won't; and for the fans to respect and honor MJ by treating LA with respect and consideration! Do they really care about LA beyond what we will provide for them? The money earned from the sales made since he passed away could pay. It was irresponsible of him not to set aside money to pay for this. I know LA has no interest or desire to pay for all of our citizen memorials. Let alone pay for a man who made the choice to purchase (Possession) and injest (Under the Influence) narcotics. I have nothing against paying tribute to MJ. He was a gifted talented man. He gave a lot, to a lot of people. He is a music icon. I love a lot of his music. My comment has nothing to do with him.

It's about the need to be accountable and responsible-
MJ, OUR LOCAL REPRESENTATIVES, THE JACKSON FAMILY AND ESTATE, ALL THOSE I'M SURE ARE MAKING $ AND PROFITING IN SOMEWAY AT THE EXPENSE OF THE LA TAXPAYERS WHO CAN'T AFFORD THIS. SO MANY FAMILIES AND SO MANY PEOPLE ARE IN REAL TROUBLE AND SUFFERING RIGHT NOW.

WE DON'T HAVE THE MONEY. WE ARE 530 + MILLION IN DEBT. AREN'T OUR CHILDREN OR EDUCATION OF EQUAL VALUE? WOULDN'T THE MONEY BETTER HONOR MJ IF IT WAS SPENT ON CHILDREN AND EDUCATION?

What's the big deal? He was a pervert and child molester. There have been alot of true great heroes, like a lot of good soldiers and marines, died this last week and they aren't getting the big memorial like this perv is getting. He is already where he belongs, in hell, so stick him in a hole already.

Michael Jackson is a celebrity who earned and worked hard for his acclamation. He is portrayed as the "Greatest Entertainer of all time". Why are people so eager to remember and trash the negativity of his life, instead of focusing and remembering the positiveness of this great performer.

All I can say, "he who is without sin, cast the first stone". If not, then remember the almost century of outstanding talent that MJ has given us.

Michael Jackson, rest in peace! You will be missed immensely.


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