Why Kobe Bryant's Public Memorial Might Not Be Held at Staples Center

Plans are underway for a public memorial ceremony to honor the legacy of Kobe Bryant, his daughter Gianna, and the seven others who tragically lost their lives in a helicopter crash on Sunday. The initial belief was that the Staples Center, which is home to the Los Angeles Lakers where Bryant played for all of his 20-year career, would be the place for such a service.

It turns out, though, that the arena may be being passed up for another venue in the city. A report from TMZ suggests that the L.A. Memorial Coliseum is being prepped as the venue for Bryant's memorial. The Staples Center, which held a public memorial for the late Nipsey Hussle, and its 20,000 capacity was reportedly determined to be too small for the expected crowds of people who will attend. In comparison, the coliseum can hold up to 80,000 people with a potential for overflow to spill out into surrounding parks.

In the days since the shocking event, mourners have flocked all across the city and across the country. The Staples Center, which hosted the Grammy Awards that same night, also had to deal with thousands of mourners flocking to the arena to pay their respects, despite the urging from local enforcement to go elsewhere due to the music award show. There have also been mourners heading to the crash site at the Calabasas hillside.

Along with that, there's been various memorials set up at the Naismith Basketball Hall of Fame, his high school alma mater Lower Merion in Philadelphia, and even at the Bryant household in Newport Beach.

The impact of Bryant has been felt all across the world, not just in the states. Over in China, Bryant was the center of the conversation on their social platform, dominating the conversation even more so then the deadly coronavirus that's plaguing the country.


It's no wonder that city officials have deemed the Staples Center too small of a venue to hold his memorial after seeing his legacy, reach and impact on full display over the past few days.