Jackson Memorial Could Cost Fans, LA

Service could be Tuesday at Staples Center
By Evann Gastaldo,  Newser Staff
Posted Jul 2, 2009 10:47 AM CDT
The train station at Neverland Ranch in Los Olivos, Calif., is seen yesterday.   (AP Photo)
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(Newser) – As speculation focuses on Tuesday as the date for Michael Jackson’s public memorial in Los Angeles, how the city will pay for crowd control and security is sure to become an issue, the Times reports. Private donors and AEG, which owns Staples Center—the likely venue for such a service—donated money to cover the costs of the Lakers’ recent championship parade and rally. AEG could also sell tickets to the memorial, though price is unclear.

The company was also promoting Jackson’s London comeback concerts and is smarting from that financial hit. The event will likely be costly—the Lakers’ celebration ran $2 million. Sources said plans are being drawn up for a massive law enforcement deployment Tuesday morning, but nothing has not yet been finalized.