Up To 700,000 Expected At Jackson Memorial Published Jul 17, 2009 at 5:59 PM
NEW YORK - JUNE 30: Fans of pop star Michael Jackson hold up pictures of him while waiting in line outside the Apollo Theater in Harlem, where the deceased pop star first performed at age 9, June 30, 2009 in New York City. Thousands of people lined up outside the famous theater to pay tribute to Jackson, bringing flowers, singing, and performing impromptu dances. (Photo by Chris Hondros/Getty Images)
Los Angeles city officials are preparing for massive crowds downtown during Tuesday's public memorial for Michael Jackson at Staples Center. Assistant Police Chief Earl Paysinger says anywhere from a quarter-million to 700,000 people may try to reach the arena, even though a wide area around Staples Center will be sealed off to those without tickets.
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Staples Center is offering 17,500 free tickets through an Internet lottery. The tickets are for the arena or the adjacent
City Councilwoman Jan Perry is strongly urging people to stay home and watch the memorial on TV.
The ceremony will not be shown on the giant outdoor TV screen at Staples and there will be no funeral procession through the city.
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