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Jackson fans get tickets for memorial

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Michael Jackson fans from around the world are pouring into Los Angeles for tomorrow’s memorial service for the pop star at Staples Center. 8,750 people won free tickets in an online drawing.

20-year-old Sean Knight of San Diego was one of them. KPCC’s Frank Stoltze caught up with Knight at Dodger Stadium as he picked up the wristband that will admit him to the ceremony.

Sean Knight: "I’m thrilled. I applied online just randomly and I got it. It’s great."
Man: "Right now, I’m going to give him his wristband so he’ll be able to go inside the memorial service"
Knight: "I have a second person who is going to join me."
Man: "Yea, sure. I’m going to give you this wristband as well so you can give it to that second person. OK. And once you pull up to the front, she’s going to give you two tickets cause you need both the wristband and the tickets to get into the event. Make sure you don’t take that off or anything. You got to show, take a bath &ndash everything &ndash with it."
Knight: "Awesome. Thank you." (Hollers)
Frank Stoltze: "So who are you gonna give the ticket to?"
Knight: "I’m going to give it to my friend Alex."
Stoltze: "You’re not going to sell it?"
Knight: "No. I was thinking about it. But ya know ya can’t. It’s a once in a lifetime thing."

Police say as many as a quarter-million people could show up outside Staples Center for the memorial at 10 o’clock, even though officers have blocked street access around the center. The Jackson family also plans a private funeral at Forest Lawn Hollywood Hills at 8 Wednesday morning.