On January 26, 2020, tragedy struck in Calabasas, California when basketball star Kobe Bryant, his daughter Gianna, and seven other people were killed in a helicopter crash. In the aftermath of the basketball legend’s death, fans from all over the world paid tribute to him and his daughter, who had dreams of becoming a basketball champion as well. Kobe Bryant was known for his skills in the NBA and was considered to be one of the best basketball players in history.
Throwback to when Kobe Bryant disclocated his finger but refuses to quit and still plays whole game. pic.twitter.com/CjV3P8rZgm
— Lake Show (@LakeShowFamily) February 19, 2020
In response to their deaths, a memorial service was organized for February 24, 2020 at the Staples Center in Los Angeles, California. ABC News Live will provide a live stream of the memorial for those who are unable to be present. The reason the service was chosen to be held on this day is that Kobe’s jersey number was 24, Gianna’s was 2, and 20 marks the amount of time that Kobe Bryant had been a professional basketball player (20 years).
Tickets were available for purchase for anyone who wanted to attend the memorial service. The price of the tickets was $224, which again was a tribute to the jersey numbers of the father-daughter basketball stars. A limited number of tickets were available and fans had to register online in order to get them. Then, they received a registration code and were able to purchase the tickets. All of the proceeds from the ticket sales went to the Mamba and Mambacita Sports Foundation.
— ESPN (@espn) February 18, 2020
Members of the Bryants’ family, other NBA stars, and friends of the family will also be in attendance along with the fans. The Staples Center has asked for fans not to gather outside the arena because the memorial will not be broadcast on the screens. But those who were not able to purchase tickets will still be able to watch the memorial service. The main channel where it will be available through a live stream is ABC News Live. It will also be live-tweeted by GMA Digital.
In addition, fans will be able to watch the memorial service starting at 12:30 PM Eastern time (9:30 AM PST) on several different platforms, some of which include Hulu, Facebook Watch, Apple TV, Roko, Amazon Fire TV, and Sling TV. Gianna’s teammates Alyssa Altobelli and her parents, John and Keri, Payton and Sarah Chester, basketball coach Christina Mauser, and pilot Ara Zobayan were also killed in the tragic helicopter crash. It is said that Kobe and Gianna were buried at the Pacific View Memorial Park in California.