Will Kobe Bryant’s Public Memorial Service Be Televised?
Nearly two weeks after NBA legend Kobe Bryant, his daughter Gianna, and seven others were killed in a helicopter crash in Calabasas, California plans for a public memorial service honoring the basketball great have been released.
The tragic news of the former Lakers star’s death on Jan. 26, 2020 stunned athletes, celebrities, and fans alike as many paid tribute online or at makeshift memorials that popped up in many parts of the country. But the question on everyone’s mind was: Will there be public memorial service and when would that take place? That question has been now answered.
Read on to find out all the details of the memorial service.
When and where the service will be held
Eleven days after the fatal crash, ESPN reported that a public memorial for Kobe and Gianna would be held on Feb. 24, 2020, at the Staples Center in L.A.
A source told ET, “There [were] conversations about possibly having the ceremony at the L.A. Coliseum to fit more people, but ultimately the Staples Center made the most sense as it was such a big part of Kobe’s life. The date being the 24th was a decision to coincide with his jersey number as well. The day will be a way for L.A. to celebrate a man that meant so much to the city.”
The date 2/24 will not only honor the No. 24 Kobe wore for the latter part of his career but also the No. 2 jersey Gianna wore for her youth basketball teams.
Will it be televised?
KTLA noted that the public memorial is taking place the same day the Los Angeles Clippers have an evening home game, therefore, the service will occur during the day. It will begin at 10 a.m. local time.
The Staples Center can hold 20,000 people but sources with knowledge of the situation have said that entry to the event is expected to be “severely restricted.”
Several news outlets in L.A. will broadcast the service. For those outside of that market, it will air on NBA TV and can be streamed live to CBS All Access subscribers as well. BET has also announced that the station will broadcast various Bryant-related specials and memorial highlights throughout the day.
Memorial services planned for other victims
On Jan. 30, Los Angeles mayor Eric Garcetti explained that the city was planning to honor all those victims of the copter accident.
“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,” Garcetti told the Los Angeles Times.
Angel Stadium in nearby Anaheim, California, hosted a memorial service on Feb. 10, for baseball coach John Altobelli, his wife Keri, and their daughter Alyssa who also lost their lives in the crash.
It’s believed the Altobellis and other victims — Payton and Sarah Chester, Christina Mauser, and pilot Ara Zobayan — will be honored during Kobe and Gianna’s public service as well.