The celebration of life memorial service to honor Kobe Bryant and his daughter Gianna will be this Monday, February 24th at the Staples Center in Los Angeles. Details about how fans will be able to watch the ceremony are no being made available.
ABC News will be streaming coverage via ABC News Live and can be accessed by using Roku, Hulu, Xumo, Sling TV, Facebook Watch, Amazon Fire TV, Apple TV and the ABC News mobile app. The coverage will be anchored by Tom Llamas and is scheduled to begin at 12:30 p.m. ET/9:30 a.m. PT.
In addition, all major networks are expected to be airing the service on television.
PopCulture.com has additional details on there service itself:
Monday’s date is significant for the Bryant family as it combines Bryant’s Los Angeles Lakers jersey number, 24, Gianna’s jersey number, 2, and 20, the number of years Bryant was a Laker, the majority of which were spent playing at the Staples Center. Bryant’s wife, Vanessa, added on Instagram that 20 is also the number of years that she and her husband were together.
The memorial offered a select number of tickets to fans, who had to register online for an access code. If they received the code, they were eligible to attempt to purchase tickets, which sold for $224. The price point was reportedly in honor of the father and daughter’s jersey numbers, 2 and 24. All proceeds from ticket sales will go to the Mamba & Mambacita Sports Foundation.
In addition to fans, Bryant’s family and friends, including former NBA teammates, are also expected to attend. Fans have been asked not to gather at the Staples Center unless they have a ticket to the event as it will not be broadcast on screens outside the arena.
It’s been an extremely emotional four weeks since Bryant, Gianna, and seven others died in a helicopter crash last month.
“I’ve been reluctant to put my feelings into words. My brain refuses to accept that both Kobe and Gigi are gone,” she wrote on Instagram. “I can’t process both at the same time. It’s like I’m trying to process Kobe being gone but my body refuses to accept my Gigi will never come back to me. It feels wrong. Why should I be able to wake up another day when my baby girl isn’t being able to have that opportunity?! I’m so mad. She had so much life to live.”
She continued, “Then I realize I need to be strong and be here for my 3 daughters. Mad I’m not with Kobe and Gigi but thankful I’m here with Natalia, Bianka and Capri. I know what I’m feeling is normal. It’s part of the grieving process. I just wanted to share in case there’s anyone out there that’s experienced a loss like this. God I wish they were here and this nightmare would be over. Praying for all of the victims of this horrible tragedy. Please continue to pray for all.”