Jackson memorial Tuesday may draw 700,000 in L.A.

The Associated PressJuly 4, 2009 

Los Angeles city officials are preparing for massive crowds downtown during Tuesday's public memorial for Michael Jackson at Staples Center, even though only 17,500 tickets are offered.

Assistant Police Chief Earl Paysinger says anywhere from a quarter-million to 700,000 people may try to reach the arena, even though a wide area around Staples Center will be sealed off to those without tickets.

People who want tickets must register on the arena's Web site. After 6 p.m. today, 8,750 names will be randomly selected to receive two tickets each. Notifications will go out Sunday. The Web site has been nearly impossible to access.

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