Today, when I logged into Twitter, Ryan Seacrest (DJ) was thoughtful enough to post a tweet with instructions on how to take a shot at scooping up (free) tickets to the Memorial Service planned for Michael Jackson to be held here on the West Coast early next week.
Jackson family spokesperson Ken Sunshine (& CEO Tim Leiweke) appeared at a news conference Friday and unveiled the well-thought-out detailed arrangements to commemorate Jackson's recent passing into spirit.
Fans, tourists, friends, plain old folks, paparazzi - even members of the media - are invited to pay their last respects to MJ - and may do so - by entering a draw at staples.com web site.
The Memorial Service will be held on Tuesday, July 7th, at the Staples Center (live) in the Nokia theater.
There will be simulcasts on three screens.
The broadcasts will commence at 10 am.
There are 17,500 tickets available in total.
11,000 tickets will be handed out to people to attend the service inside the Staples Center.
In addition, 6,500 tickets will be reserved for individuals who wish to view the service from a simulcast at the Nokia theater.
A balance of 9,000 tickets have been reserved for the Jackson family to use at their discretion.
Fans have trouble registering due to high traffic at the web-site are asked to be patient!
Once the winners are drawn, they will be notified on Sunday between 11 am and 8 pm, and provided with a Code for a Ticketmaster ticket.
Winners are asked to arrive early at the Staples Center on Monday morning to pick up their two tickets and two wristbands in person.
Winners must pick up their tickets in the manner instructed because there will not be any future distribution of tickets at either the Staples Center or Nokia theatre.
Organizers are also recommending that individuals without tickets wishing to attend watch the Memorial Service from home since no spectators will be allowed to accumulate outside of the downtown Staples Center during the Memorial Service.
Once an entrant's registration has been received, accepted and processed at the staples site, the following online notice will appear on-screen with these final instructions:
"Your registration for your chance to attend the Michael Jackson Public Memorial Service has been received."
"If your application is successful, you will receive an e-mail on Sunday, July 5, 2009 after 11:00 a.m. (Pacific Time) with your exclusive unique code and instructions on how to obtain your two free tickets to attend the Public Memorial Service. "
"A valid ticket will be required to enter STAPLES Center & L.A. LIVE area on Tuesday, July 6, 2009."
"Tickets will be distributed for either the public memorial service in the STAPLES Center or at the live television broadcast in the adjacent Nokia Theatre."
"Please add email@example.com to your address book to ensure successful email delivery."