On Monday — 2/24/20 — at 10 a.m. PST, over 20,000 people are expected to gather at the Los Angeles Staples Center to remember Kobe Bryant and his daughter Gianna. Held in the same basketball arena that Kobe carried out his legendary 20-season career, A Celebration of Life for Kobe and Gianna Bryant will offer a way for Los Angeles — and the country — to say goodbye to the beloved NBA star.
Tickets for the event were previously sold through a lottery system, with over 80,000 people applying to attend. Those who did not receive tickets were encouraged to stay home and watch the memorial on TV. All proceeds from ticket sales will go toward the Mamba and Mambacita Sports Foundation.
Houston Rockets’ James Harden and Russell Westbrook and Oregon’s Sabrina Ionescu are reportedly scheduled to address the crowd. Ionescu was a close friend of Gianna’s. The Lakers are also reportedly expected to attend, including the team’s management, coaches and players. Also in attendance will be the LA Clippers and Memphis Grizzlies, who will play at the Staples Center later tonight (Feb. 24).
Los Angeles Mayor Eric Garcetti previously announced the memorial service earlier this month.
“I think one message that I would say is this is not just about a man who was a basketball player, this is about a father, this is about a leader, this is about a filmmaker, this is about an artist, this is about somebody who was so much more than just how he was on the court,” Garcetti said. “It’s a reminder how much unity we have, though. We are one city that believes in each other, believes in something bigger than ourselves and we will absolutely do everything to make sure that this is done so that everybody can come to it as well.”
Bryant and his daughter were laid to rest in a cemetery in Southern California on Feb. 7. A Celebration of Life for Kobe and Gianna Bryant will air live on ESPN, the ESPN App and ESPN Radio at 10 a.m. PST.
Ahead of the memorial service, fans are already remembering Kobe as a leader, father, inspiration, husband, role model and more. See some fan tributes on Twitter below.
Today is the memorial service for #KobeBryant in Los Angeles. RIP young man along with you daughter Gigi and the victims of that horrible accident. May God give your families peace and blessings moving forward.— Wayne Dupree (@WayneDupreeShow) February 24, 2020
Thank you for this message.#KobeFarewell #KobeBryant #KobeRIP pic.twitter.com/K0yXtAhbF0
I'm from Florida but I live in LA for school. I went to the Staples Center a day after the accident and couldn't help but be moved. Everyone was in tears. No one wanted to believe that their hero was gone. It still doesn't feel real to this day! #KobeFarewell pic.twitter.com/y05OWm4FPg— Malcolm (@nitenite904) February 24, 2020
Pacific Park on the Santa Monica Pier will honor Los Angeles Lakers legend Kobe Bryant on the 90-foot-tall Ferris Wheel featuring ‘LA + ❤️ + 24” and “LA + ❤️ + 8’ along with displays of gold and purple colored patterns on Monday from Sunset to Midnight. #KobeFarewell pic.twitter.com/NpKKxw0ktU— James H. Williams (@JHWreporter) February 24, 2020
#KobeFarewell #KobeandGianna— Kitty Hawk (@kittyHawk1960) February 24, 2020
Wow, I can't believe you are gone. RIP. May God wrap his arms around you and Gianna. God bless Vanessa and the children Left Behind. My family and I watched him grow. Always in my thoughts and prayers.
I still can't believe that Kobe is gone. He's been my role model as a professional displaying grit and ambition. He influenced my work ethic -- I've worked countless and tiring hours in order to reach my goals. Mamba Mentality. Cred: Humbler via IG #KobeFarewell pic.twitter.com/9AyaaDH9u3— jared + C (@kaonpositive) February 24, 2020
#KobeFarewell— Part-time Anime crusader, full-time XFL shitposter (@NFL_Weeb) February 24, 2020
If you see anyone struggling today. Give them a hug. Life is precious and it goes by too fast.
I’ll never forget you Kobe, I’ll always strive to have your mentality on and off the football field.
Rest in Paradise, Mamba pic.twitter.com/BUspJgnnhR