MissKiraMarie (xwildhopex) wrote in ohnotheydidnt,

Possible funeral set for Michael Jackson

LOS ANGELES (Hollywood Reporter) – Michael Jackson's funeral is being scheduled for 10 a.m. on Tuesday, July 7, at the Staples Center in downtown Los Angeles, sources said.

AEG Live, which owns the basketball arena and the adjacent Nokia Theater, will use both facilities and the surrounding plaza. There's no word yet on how ticketing will be handled.

Earlier speculation had the funeral being held everywhere from Neverland to the Los Angeles Memorial Coliseum.


The discussions over Michael Jackson's public memorial have now focused on a possible Tuesday service, though sources stress that the Jackson family has not made a final decision.

Five sources, who are familiar with the planning process but spoke on the condition that they not be named, said authorities are drawing up plans for a massive law enforcement deployment Tuesday morning.

But Ken Sunshine, a Jackson family spokesman, said in an e-mail that he could not comment.

The site of the memorial service has been the subject of nearly a week of speculation, and possible sites have included the Los Angeles Memorial Coliseum and Neverland Ranch.

The financing for the memorial remains unclear. Security and crowd control for the event are likely to be costly. The Lakers championship victory parade and celebration at the Coliseum cost $2 million, about half of which covered L.A. police and public works costs. There was an outcry when the city initially said it would cover some of those costs -- and private donors eventually stepped forward, among them AEG, which owns Staples. AEG was also planning Jackson's comeback tour at its O2 Arena in London.

It's also unclear how much tickets to the memorial would cost.

The Ringling Bros. Barnum and Bailey Circus has long been scheduled to appear at Staples next Wednesday through Sunday, July 12. Traditionally, the Parade of the Elephants — in which the circus’ elephants walk, trunk to trail, through downtown to Staples -- is held as circus performers arrive in town.

This year, that parade was scheduled for Tuesday morning — followed by a visit by local elementary school children who were to aid in the animals' feeding. One source familiar with the planning process said that the parade would continue but that the schoolchildren would have to wait.


Everyone's speculating on Michael Jackson's funeral. We know three things for sure.
-- it won't be until next week
-- it will not be at Neverland
-- it will be in the L.A. area, and the Staples Center is an option but it hasn't been decided.
Beyond that -- the family still hasn't made its decision.

brb, shaking & crying because not only can I now not go but I will be on the road without access to TV AND this is all going down on my birthday D: FML
Is anyone up for a meet at Neverland Ranch on Friday to do this?

Tags: michael jackson / jackson family
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