The proceeds from ticket sales will be donated to the Mamba and Mambacita Sports Foundation, an organization that "exists to further Kobe and Gianna Bryant's legacy through charitable endeavors in sports," according to its website.
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- Here's how to watch the memorial service: The event will stream replay in its entirety on NBC News NOW at 8 p.m. ET.
- Vanessa Bryant fought back tears as she paid loving tribute to her late husband, Kobe, and her 13-year-old daughter, Gianna
- Beyoncé drew huge applause when she opened the service with her hit "XO," which she said was one of Kobe's favorite songs.
- Several fellow Lakers legends were in attendance, including Shaquille O'Neal, Magic Johnson and former coach Phil Jackson.
- Feb. 24, 2020, holds special significance for the Bryant family. It represents the jerseys of both Kobe and Gianna, as well as the number of years Kobe and Vanessa were together.
Who will be attending the Kobe Bryant memorial service?
Few details about the memorial service have emerged, but it won’t just be close friends and family of the basketball star in attendance.
A number of Kobe Bryant’s fans will also be there, according to the event’s organizers, who had announced that fans could register for the Staples Center "Celebration of Life for Kobe and Gianna Bryant" from Feb. 14 to 17.
Tickets for the service ran between $24.02 to $224 in a tribute to uniform numbers worn by the all-time basketball great and his daughter. According to multiple reports, the number of fans who registered for the event exceeded the 20,000 seats available at the Staples Center and thousands of people were placed on a waitlist to purchase tickets.
Approved registrants received unique access codes via email Feb. 18 that they could use to purchase tickets starting the next day.
The Los Angeles Lakers said that proceeds from ticket sales will be donated to the Mamba and Mambacita Sports Foundation, formerly known as the Mamba Sports Foundation.
Kobe Bryant and Gianna were buried in a private ceremony
While Monday marks the public memorial service, Kobe Bryant and Gianna were buried in a private ceremony in Corona Del Mar, California, on Feb. 7.
Gianna shared her father’s love of basketball and was a burgeoning athlete herself. Kobe Bryant credited his relationship with Gianna for reigniting his love of the sport after his retirement. His close relationships with Gianna and his three other daughters, Natalia, 17, Bianka, 3, and Capri, who was born in June, earned him the nickname “girl dad.”