$25 will get you into the Michael Jackson memorial “service”

Radar is reporting the memorial service for Michael Jackson will be held on July 7th at 10 AM at the Staples Center. Price for entry is $25.

Also,

T-shirts that were going to be sold on Michael’s upcoming “This Is It” tour will not go to waste. They will be sold outside Staples to people entering the service.

Classy.

[UPDATE: From CNN: “Fans wishing to attend singer Michael Jackson’s memorial service next week will have to register for the 11,000 free tickets, organizers said Thursday. The 20,000-seat Staples Center in Los Angeles, California, will host the memorial service on Tuesday.”]

7 Replies to “$25 will get you into the Michael Jackson memorial “service””

  1. I think this will be second only to the Superdome during Hurricane Katrina on my list of Things Inside A Sports Arena That I Never Want To See. The media mob inside and outside the Staples Center, and the area-wide traffic tie-up/helicopter hell, could be a combination of zoo and amusement park not seen since, well, Neverland.

  2. I wouldn’t rely on Radar to have accurate information.

    According to “Randy Phillips, chief executive for AEG Live, which owns Staples…”

    “A Jackson memorial would attract tens of thousands. AEG planned to issue tickets to Staples and provide a simulcast on big screens outside the arena, Phillips said.

    Entry to Staples would be free, but Phillips was not sure yet how tickets would be distributed.”

  3. 11,000 tickets will be given away for free. People are already camping out, though. I heard street closures have begun.

    I’m downtown most of every week and I’ve already noticed vendors setting themselves up on every corner near the Staples Center selling anything they can stick an image of MJ on. It’s a very surreal experience and I expect it will only grow more bizarre as the date grows closer.

  4. Victoria, it sounds like NYC during the immediate aftermath of 9/11/01. Street vendors with the World Trade Center and FDNY logo on T-shirts, caps, neckties, plush toys, shot glasses and other assorted cheap crap.

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