Vanessa Bryant just announced that Kobe and Gigi Bryant public memorial has been set for Monday, Feb. 24 at Staples Center with organizers expecting a massive turnout as reported by TMZ.
The date (2/24) is significant, #24 was Kobe’s jersey number and #2 was the number his daughter, Gigi, wore. Worth noting, Vanessa’s IG post announcing the event has 24 butterflies.
The event will take place in the morning because the Clippers have a game against the Memphis Grizzlies later in the evening. The Clippers had to sign off, because, technically, they have Staples rented for the whole day.
Steve Ballmer and head coach Doc Rivers gladly agreed because there is solidarity and love for Kobe and his family. and the significance of the 2/24 date was not lost on them.
Also, When Michael Jackson and Nipsey Hussle’s memorials were held there, all the surrounding streets were shut down to anyone who didn’t have a ticket. They haven’t announced yet how it will work for Kobe and Gianna’s memorial.
Staples, where Kobe played for most of his 20-year NBA career only holds about 20,000 people. The Coliseum in Downtown L.A. holds closer to 80,000.
As for the event itself, several high-profile people will speak about Bryant but organizers are still nailing down the official list.
Kobe and Gigi passed away in a helicopter crash on Jan 26 in Calabasas, CA., along with 7 others.