The public memorial for Los Angeles Lakers legend Kobe Bryant and his 13-year-old daughter Gianna “Gigi” Bryant will take place on Monday, February 24th at 10:00 a.m. Pacific Time at the home of the Lakers – the Staples Center in Los Angeles. The “Celebration of Life for Kobe and Gianna Bryant” is being hosted by the Los Angeles Lakers and Kobe’s Mamba & Mambacita Sports Foundation.
The father/daughter duo will be remembered at the event after they lost their lives on January 26th in a helicopter crash along with seven others: John, Keri, and Alyssa Altobelli, Sarah and Payton Chester, Christina Mauser, and Ara Zobayan.
The Staples Center – AKA “the house that Kobe built” – is where Bryant played all of his 20-year career with the Lakers. And, the date of the event – 2/24/20 – represents Gianna and Kobe’s basketball jersey numbers, as well as Kobe’s 20 years with the Lakers and his 20-year relationship with his wife, Vanessa Bryant.
Last week, fans had the opportunity to register for the chance to purchase a limited number of tickets via Ticketmaster Verified Fan for the event. Those who registered received a personal access code. And, if demand for the tickets exceeded the supply, the Lakers planned to select registered fans at random for their chance to purchase tickets to the event.
Tickets were released for public sale on Wednesday, February 19th, and those were randomly selected had the option to purchase tickets at three different price points: $224 each, 2 tickets for $224, and $24.02 each. All proceeds from ticket sales will go to the Mamba & Mambacita Sports Foundation.
According to the Los Angeles Daily News, fans who were not able to buy tickets are advised by Staples Center and law enforcement to avoid the venue and the L.A. Live area because they will need a ticket to access the streets around the Staples Center and L.A. Live.
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My girls and I want to thank the millions of people who’ve shown support and love during this horrific time. Thank you for all the prayers. We definitely need them. We are completely devastated by the sudden loss of my adoring husband, Kobe — the amazing father of our children; and my beautiful, sweet Gianna — a loving, thoughtful, and wonderful daughter, and amazing sister to Natalia, Bianka, and Capri. We are also devastated for the families who lost their loved ones on Sunday, and we share in their grief intimately. There aren’t enough words to describe our pain right now. I take comfort in knowing that Kobe and Gigi both knew that they were so deeply loved. We were so incredibly blessed to have them in our lives. I wish they were here with us forever. They were our beautiful blessings taken from us too soon. I’m not sure what our lives hold beyond today, and it’s impossible to imagine life without them. But we wake up each day, trying to keep pushing because Kobe, and our baby girl, Gigi, are shining on us to light the way. Our love for them is endless — and that’s to say, immeasurable. I just wish I could hug them, kiss them and bless them. Have them here with us, forever. Thank you for sharing your joy, your grief and your support with us. We ask that you grant us the respect and privacy we will need to navigate this new reality. To honor our Team Mamba family, the Mamba Sports Foundation has set up the MambaOnThree Fund to help support the other families affected by this tragedy. To donate, please go to MambaOnThree.org. To further Kobe and Gianna’s legacy in youth sports, please visit MambaSportsFoundation.org. Thank you so much for lifting us up in your prayers, and for loving Kobe, Gigi, Natalia, Bianka, Capri and me. #Mamba #Mambacita #GirlsDad #DaddysGirls #Family ❤️
For fans in the Los Angeles area who weren’t able to purchase tickets, they can watch the ceremony on the major TV networks like ABC. For fans around the world, all networks are expected to stream the ceremony live online, as will Yahoo! Sports and Entertainment Tonight.
This public celebration follows the private funeral that was held for Kobe and Gianna on February 7th at Pacific View Memorial Park in Corona Del Mar, California. The ceremony will feature different speakers and performances, and invited guests include family and friends of the Bryants, as well as Lakers players and other NBA officials.
Kobe and Gianna Bryant are survived by his wife and her mom, Vanessa, and three other children: Natalia, 17, Bianka, 3, and Capri, 7 months.
The event is expected to end by 1:00 p.m. Pacific Time.