Today, we will say goodbye to a hero and his daughter, Kobe and Gianna Bryant. We lost them along with seven others in a tragic helicopter crash nearly a month ago. While the family had a private ceremony for Kobe and “Gigi” a few weeks ago, a public memorial service is planned for Monday at 1 PM our time.
The service will be held at the Staples Center in Los Angeles but millions are expected to pay respects to the NBA legend abroad. While the Staples Center only fits about 20,000, it’s reported that 90,000 more registered for tickets to the service. Police and officials have cautioned that there will be no overflow for the service and it will not show on the screens outside of the arena. This was done to prevent large crowds outside.
Kobe’s wife, Vanessa, first shared the information about the memorial a few weeks ago.
For the rest of us who won’t be able to attend the memorial, it will be streamed on NBA TV. The service begins at 1PM EST. According the Lakers site, it will also be streamed on major social sites like Facebook, YouTube, Twitter, and others.