Jackson Memorial Plans Officially Announced; Tickets Randomly Assigned

Jul. 3 2009, Published 4:46 a.m. ET

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At a press conference at the Staples Center on Friday, the plans for a memorial for Michael Jackson and the methods the public can use to lobby for the 11,000 tickets were officially announced.

Tim Leiweke, president and CEO of AEG, confirmed that the tickets will be distributed on a random basis based on registration on the Staples Center website. Starting Friday morning to Saturday at 6:00 pm, fans can apply for tickets on the site. The randomly selected 8750 names will be given two tickets and two wristbands each and will be notified of their status on Sunday between 11 am and 8 pm. Chosen individuals will be given a code which they can take to ticketmaster on Monday.

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There will be two locations for chosen fans to enjoy the memorial- 11,000 seats are slotted for the Staples center and 6,500 seats at the Nokia theater across the street which will be streaming a simulcast on three large screens.

For those who are not chosen, the Jackson family has made arrangements for a world-wide pool feed that will be broadcast free of charge.

As was the first to report, a public memorial is planned for Tuesday at the Staples Center. Despite an initial plan to charge $25 per ticket, also revealed the internal turmoil leading the family to drop the fee.

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Buckling under the bad press the fee was causing, after a series of heated arguments the Jackson brood decided to abandon the money-making




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