Since Michael Jackson’s death on June 25, fans have flocked in droves to Jackson sites from Los Angeles to his Neverland Ranch in rural Santa Barbara County.
Now, Las Vegas can be added to the growing list. A memorial area has been set up outside the entertainer’s last Las Vegas residence at 2710 W. Palomino Lane. Flowers and cards are being accepted.
Jackson stayed at the Palomino residence during his 50th birthday last Aug. 29.
Meanwhile, as controversy swirls around the powerful surgical anesthetic sedative Diprivan found in the King of Pop’s rented mansion in Holmby Hills, Los Angeles city officials are preparing for massive crowds anticipated during this Tuesday’s public memorial for Michael Jackson at Staples Center, even though only 17,500 tickets are being offered to the public.
Anywhere from a quarter-million to 700,000 people are anticipated to pack their bags and soon head to the arena.
The ceremony will not be shown on Staples’ giant outdoor TV screen and there will be no funeral procession through the city or outside of Staple Center.
Staples Center is not selling the tickets, rather offering the memorial tickets through an Internet lottery. Eleven thousand tickets are for the arena and 6,500 for the adjacent Nokia Theatre.
People who want tickets must register on the Web at www.staplescenter.com After 6 p.m. Saturday, 8,750 names will be randomly selected to receive two tickets each. Notifications will go out on Sunday