Kobe Bryant Public Memorial at Staples Center Set for 2/24

Kobe Bryant Los Angeles Lakers Tribute. (Credit: Twitter/Mayor Eric Garcetti)

A memorial service for Kobe Bryant, his daughter Gianna and seven others killed in a January helicopter crash will be held at the Staples Center in Los Angeles on Feb. 24, Kobe’s widow Vanessa Bryant confirmed Friday.

Vanessa shared an image of a program saying the celebration of life service will begin at 10 a.m.


The Los Angeles Times reported that the date of 2/24 was chosen for its symbolism because Bryant wore the No. 24 jersey later in his career with the Lakers and Gianna wore No. 2 for her youth basketball games.

Gianna, 13, was headed to a basketball tournament when the crash occurred on a foggy Sunday morning in Calabasas on Jan. 26.

The crash also claimed the lives of pilot Ara Zobayan; Orange Coast College head baseball coach John Altobelli; his wife Keri Altobelli; their 13-year-old daughter Alyssa Altobelli; Christina Mauser, a basketball coach at Harbor Day School in Newport Beach; Payton Chester, a basketball teammate of Gianna’s; and her mother, Sarah Chester.

On the days after Bryant’s death, fans filled the courtyard outside the Staples Center, where the Lakers play, with flowers, candles, and they signed large message boards.

The items have since been removed, with officials saying the flowers would be composted and spread around plants at Staples Center.  Other items will be packed up and sent to Bryant’s family.

The Staples center seats about 20,000 people. Previous memorials have been held there for Michael Jackson and Nipsey Hussle.

At publication time, no details had been released on tickets for Bryant’s memorial.