Staples Center to Host Public Memorial for Kobe Bryant, 8 Others Who Died in Helicopter Crash

Rebekah Sager
February 06, 2020 - 1:44 pm

The Los Angeles Times is reporting there will be a public memorial for Kobe Bryant and the eight others who died on the helicopter with him, at Staples Center on February 24. 

Los Angeles mayor Eric Garcetti told reporters last week that a memorial was in the works, but the city was still figuring out plans:

"There will absolutely be a memorial to mark the contributions of this incredible man and not only him, but to commemorate the loss of his daughter and all the other families that were there. We don't have that date finalized but we've been talking every day to the Lakers, and most importantly, to [Bryant's widow, Vanessa] as well. I think one message that I would say is this is not just about a man who was a basketball player, this is about a father, this is about a leader, this is about a filmmaker, this is about an artist, this is about somebody who was so much more than just how he was on the court."

The upcoming memorial follows the last two weeks where the public has gathered at L.A. Live and Staples Center to grieve. 

The Staples Center has been the location for other public memorials for such luminaries as Michael Jackson and more recently Nipsey Hussle.