Staples Center is reportedly too small for Kobe Bryant memorial
Kobe Bryant’s public memorial could reportedly be held at the Los Angeles Coliseum.
As the world continues to mourn the untimely death of Kobe Bryant, plans for his memorial have started to be put in place. According to TMZ, Bryant’s public memorial is reportedly in talks to be held at the Los Angeles Coliseum.
Sources tell TMZ that a meeting took place this week to discuss where Bryant’s upcoming public memorial could be held. Staples Center, which is referred to as “the house that Kobe built,” is being considered too small for the event. Staples only holds about 20,000 people.
Organizers are reportedly considering the Los Angeles Coliseum as the venue for the memorial. The coliseum holds roughly 80,000 people and even more people can attend the memorial in its surrounding parks.
The Rose Bowl, which holds 91,000 people, was reportedly also brought up as a location, but was said to be too far away from Los Angeles.
Bryant was tragically killed Sunday (Jan. 26) as his helicopter crashed into a mountain. He was traveling with his 13-year-old daughter Gianna and seven other people to a basketball game. There were no survivors.
Investigators believe that the high amount of fog could have caused the accident, but an official cause of the crash could take weeks.
The Lakers have cancelled their game against the Clippers that was scheduled for tonight (Jan. 28). According to ESPN, the Lakers organization has made grief counselors available to all of their employees.
The Lakers have released this statement: “The Los Angeles Lakers would like to thank all of you for the tremendous outpouring of support and condolences. This is a very difficult time for all of us. We continue to support the Bryant family and will share more information as it is available.”
The Lakers’ next scheduled game is at home, Friday (Jan. 31) against the Portland Trail Blazers.
We will keep you updated with the latest.