Kobe Bryant’s public memorial will be ticketed

Kobe Bryant’s public memorial will be for ticket holders only, but proceeds from sales will go to his Mamba & Mambacita Sports Foundation.

The 41-year-old basketball star and his 13-year-old daughter Gianna are both set to be remembered in a public memorial held at the Los Angeles Staples Center on February 24, after they were among nine people to lose their lives when Kobe’s private helicopter crashed in Calabasas last month.

On Friday (Feb 14) the Los Angeles Lakers – which is the basketball team Kobe played for, and the team that plays at the Staples Center – revealed new details about the public memorial, including details on tickets to get into the event.

Tickets will cost either $224 or $24.02, and fans can register to purchase tickets through Ticketmaster starting from Friday before they go on sale on Wednesday (Feb 19).

Proceeds from the memorial will benefit the Mamba & Mambacita Sports Foundation, which was set up by Kobe and was previously known as the Mamba Sports Foundation before his widow Vanessa Bryant altered the name to honour Gianna as well as Kobe.

The recurrence of the numbers 2 and 24 comes as Kobe wore a number 24 jersey for most of his career with the Lakers, and Gianna wore jersey number 2 at the Mamba Sports Academy.

According to People magazine, the public memorial will begin at 10am on February 24, and organizers have already allocated tickets to a large number of invited guests made up of family members, friends, celebrities, and current and former stars from the NBA.

LOS ANGELES, CALIFORNIA – JANUARY 31: The Los Angeles Lakers honour Kobe Bryant and daughter Gigi by covering the courtside seats they occupied with flowers, Gigi’s #2 Mamba jersey and Kobe’s #24 jersey before the game against the Portland Trail Blazers at Staples Center on January 31, 2020 in Los Angeles, California. (Photo by Harry How/Getty Images)

The event will also honour the other seven people who lost their lives in the crash, John Altobelli, Keri Altobelli, Alyssa Altobelli, Sarah Chester, Payton Chester, Christina Mauser, and pilot Ara Zobayan.

The memorial will also be televised, and there are reportedly no plans for a procession or other events outside of Staples Center.

LA Mayor Eric Garcetti confirmed plans for the memorial last month, when he said: “There will absolutely be a memorial to mark the contributions of this incredible man and not only him, but to commemorate the loss of his daughter and all the other families that were there. We don’t have that date finalised but we’ve been talking every day to the Lakers, and most importantly, to Vanessa as well.”