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The Kobe Bryant Memorial Event Will Be Huge

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The public memorial to celebrate Kobe Bryant's life will be held Feb. 24 at the Staples Center, but the whole event is already running into some problems.

Some fans are saying that the Staples Center, also known as "The House That Kobe Built," would be too small for such an occasion.

"Are the Lakers really having the Kobe Memorial at Staples Center??? Too small!!!" said one person.

"Why is the Kobe Bryant memorial services not at the coliseum the Staples center is too small," asked another.

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"Staples is waaaaay too small. Hell it was too small for Nipsey's," was another commenter, who referenced Nipsey Hussle, a rapper and activist who was shot and killed in March, 2019.

Others realized that it was basically the only place where they could, or should, have a memorial for Bryant.

"Staples Center is way too small... but fitting, the house that kobe built," said @TACOGAWD.


Tributes Have Been Ongoing

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Los Angeles Mayor Eric Garcetti announced on Jan. 30 that a memorial would be organized for Bryant and the others.

The memorial, which will honor Bryant, his daughter Gianna, and the seven others killed in the helicopter crash in Calabasas, California, on Jan. 26, "will cap weeks of tributes across the city," according to "The Los Angeles Times".

Information like timing and tickets hasn't been released yet.

It's Small, But the Staples Center Seems Like the Right Place

Originally, Los Angeles officials had been mulling the L.A. Coliseum, which can host about 80,000 people. But yesterday, the venue was changed to the Staples Center, where homemade memorials have already popped up as people continue to mourn Bryant's death.

As "The Los Angeles Times" notes, attendance will almost certainly be at capacity, noting that "with limited seating, however, entry is expected to be severely restricted."

The Staples Center can hold about 20,000 people and is 950,000 square feet, and is able to host 19,067 for basketball games and 18,340 for hockey games.

Number 24 Is So Significant

There were obvious reasons why a memorial would be held there.

According to a source that spoke with Entertainment Tonight, "There was conversations about possibly having the ceremony at the LA 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 source continued: "The date being the 24th was a decision to coincide with his jersey number as well. The day will be a way for LA to celebrate a man that meant so much to the city."

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