Jackson's Private Funeral Plans, Public Memorial Set For July 7
Michael Jackson's family is planning a private ceremony at the Forest Lawn cemetery in Hollywood Hills, California, according to reports from Los Angeles police. However, no allegations regarding the place and time of Michael Jackson's funeral have been confirmed yet. A public memorial service for the singer, who died on June 25 from cardiac arrest, is scheduled to be held at the Staples Centre in Los Angeles at 10 AM this Tuesday, July 7. Over 1,6 million applications were filed by Jackson's fans from all over the United States for the 17,500 tickets available for the ceremony. The winners received their notifications via email on Sunday. Police are having concerns of unauthorized entry into the Staples Arena on Tuesday, so the winning ticket holders will get wristbands to match their tickets. The streets around the Staples Centre will be cordoned off on Tuesday. The memorial service will be broadcast live on television and online.
The odds of getting a ticket for the memorial are about 1 in 183. Only US residents can get tickets.
The tickets will admit 11,000 people to the Staples Centre, plus 6500 in the Nokia Theatre overflow section next door.
The memorial service will be broadcast on five US television networks, after NBC executives changed their minds and decided to air the service live. NBC joins ABC, CNN, MSNBC and E! Entertainment.