The King of Pop will finally be laid to rest. On Tuesday, Michael Jackson’s funeral will be held at the Staples Center in Los Angeles, home to the NBA’s L.A. Lakers. The venue has a seating capacity of 20,000 and is owned by AEG Live, the organizers of Jackson’s comeback tour. To accommodate the devoted fans expected to crowd the surrounding streets, giant screens will also be mounted outside of the arena to broadcast footage of the funeral. Police say they are preparing for a ceremony of historic proportions–one that is expected to surpass, in size, the 1977 funeral of Elvis Presley, which attracted 80,000. Plans to hold a public ceremony at Jackson’s Neverland ranch apparently fell through.
At last, a place to mourn
Michael Jackson’s funeral date is set
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