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Public tribute to Junior Seau tonight at Qualcomm Stadium

May 11, 2012 | 12:34 pm

On the day of Junior Seau's burial, the San Diego Chargers are hosting a celebration of the football great's life at Qualcomm Stadium.

The celebration is set to begin at 6:30 p.m. Friday and last for 90 minutes. The gates to the stadium parking lot will open at 2 p.m. and the stadium opens at 4:30. The public is urged to carpool or take public transit.

Among the notable figures slated to speak are San Diego Mayor Jerry Sanders, former Charger stars Dan Fouts, Rodney Harrison and LaDainian Tomlinson, and former Chargers coach Bobby Ross. A video tribute to Seau will be also shown.

PHOTOS: Junior Seau | 1969 - 2012

Fans wishing to leave a message for the Seau family are directed to the plaza concourse between Gates C and D.

A private burial for the former USC and NFL star is scheduled for Eternal Hills Memorial Park in Oceanside. The 43-year-old Seau died May 2 of a self-inflicted gunshot wound to the chest. No explanatory note was found.


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