Kobe Bryant memorial service to be held February 24 at Staples Center, source says

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LOS ANGELES, CALIFORNIA – JANUARY 31: The Los Angeles Lakers honor 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)

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LOS ANGELES — A memorial service for Kobe Bryant and the other eight people killed in a January helicopter crash will be held at the Staples Center in Los Angeles on February 24, a source close to the basketball legend’s family said Thursday.

Another source involved in the planning of the event told CNN that the 24th was the working date.

The date 2/24 could be viewed as symbolic as Bryant wore No. 24 during the latter part of his illustrious NBA career and his daughter Gianna wore No. 2 for her youth basketball teams.

Gianna, 13, also was killed when the helicopter, headed to a basketball tournament, crashed on a foggy Sunday morning. The other victims were Gianna’s teammates Alyssa Altobelli and Payton Chester; Alyssa’s parents, John and Keri; Payton’s mother, Sarah; assistant girls basketball coach Christina Mauser; and helicopter pilot Ara Zobayan.

The memorial event, which falls on a Monday, is between two Lakers home games.

But the Staples Center is also home to the Los Angeles Clippers NBA team. Because they are currently scheduled to host Memphis on the evening of February 24, the memorial will likely take place during the day.

The NHL team that plays at Staples Center, the Los Angeles Kings, has a home game on that Sunday but officials have said it only takes about two hours to put the basketball floor over the ice rink.

An area in front of Staples Center, until recently, was the site of a massive fan memorial comprising flowers, jerseys and other other mementos. The arena seats about 20,000 people for non-sports events.

It has been the site of memorials for Michael Jackson and Nipsey Hussle.

There has been no formal announcement about the memorial, the time it occurs or tickets for the public. About 17,000 tickets went in 2009 to Jackson fans for his memorial.

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