Next Tuesday's public memorial service for Michael Jackson will be an event of "extraordinary" scope that could present unique challenges for the city of L.A, officials said on Saturday. Read on to find out how to get tickets to the memorial or watch it on TV!
Speaking at a press conference, L.A. City Councilwoman Jan Perry called the public memorial -- which takes place next Tuesday at 10 a.m. at the Staples Center -- a special event "with the potential to impact public safety." She urged fans to consider watching the service on TV, via a world-wide video feed being made available to the networks.
Tim Leiweke, the president and CEO of sports/entertainment corporation AEG, said 17,500 free tickets are being released to the legions of fans expected in town. Eleven thousand tickets are for the service at L.A.'s Staples Center, while 6,500 more are for seats at the nearby Nokia Theater, where the event is being simulcast.
Leiweke said fans can register for tickets at the Staples Center Web site until 6 p.m. on Saturday. Then, on Sunday, 8,750 people will be chosen at random to receive two tickets each.
Leiweke said no tickets are being sold, and there will not be a funeral procession at the service.
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