Los Angeles, Jul 5: The organisers of Michael Jackson public memorial service said that the website which started off for Michael Jackson's fans to register for the Tuesday memorial service received more than 500 million hits within an hour of its launch.
Fans made a mad rush on the Internet on Friday, Jul 3 for tickets to a Tuesday, Jul 7 memorial service for Michael Jackson. The website was set up to prevent duplicate registrations from being accepted for the massive ceremony.
The news agencies reported that 17,500 tickets will be distributed for the event and a draw will determine the names of the attendees. The draw will select 8,750 names, and those people will receive two tickets each and wristbands on Monday, Jul 6. The 11,000 tickets will be for seats at Staples Center and 6,500 for seats at Nokia Theatre, where the live feed will be broadcast.
The owner of Staple Centre said, "The service will be live-streamed on television and on the Internet, and there will be no funeral procession."
The city officials have asked Michael Jackson's fans to avoid coming to the Staples Centre memorial unless they have the tickets. Major security are set up to handle a massive crowd as thousands of fans are expected to attend the event.