Jackson Fans Selected for Memorial
8,750 fans are chosen to receive tickets for tomorrow’s ceremony…
Monday, July 6, 2009 - 12:42
Several-thousand Michael Jackson fans have been selected to receive tickets for the star’s memorial service in Los Angeles on Tuesday (July 7).
More than 1.6 million people applied for tickets for the memorial event, which will take place tomorrow at the Staples Center; from which 8,750 were randomly selected and received an email last night letting them know they had been successful. Each successful applicant will receive two passes - 11,000 of which have been issued for the event, with the remaining 6,500 for a simulcast at the nearby Nokia Theatre.
City officials fear that hundreds of thousands of ticketless fans may still flock to tomorrow’s memorial and are preparing for massive crowds. Organisers have urged people to stay at home and watch the event on TV.
They also warned ticketless fans that if they turn up they will be: "standing in the hot sun on a city street with a lot of other people... but not within eyeshot of Staples."
Meanwhile, some British Michael Jackson fans are said to have been angered by the decision to alert successful applicants so close to the event, leaving it difficult to arrange flights to Los Angeles in time.
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