The Michael Jackson Memorial: By the Numbers

The Michael Jackson Memorial: By the Numbers
Program for memorial tribute to Michael Jackson

07/07/2009 02:20PM

Throngs of Michael Jackson's fans have descended upon the city of Los Angeles to celebrate the late King of Pop at his public memorial service at the Staples Center, and millions more are watching around the world.

How many are actually there in person, how much did they pay for their souvenir programs? Read on:

Tickets distributed via Internet lottery: 11,000 (Staples Center), 6,500 (Nokia Theater)
Requests for tickets: 1.6 million
Odds of winning ticket: roughly 1 in 183

Price of tickets for memorial: free
Highest price for ticket quoted on eBay: $20,000
Price of domain name officialmichaeljacksonmemorial.com: $9 million

Michael Jackson Facebook fan pages: 548
Reported number of Facebook friends: 6.4 million (vs. 80,000 before his death)
Number of times his friend Elizabeth Taylor Tweeted about Jackson memorial: 8

Estimated length of ceremony: 90 min
Number of Grammy awards by performers at ceremony: 40
Number of Grammys won by Michael Jackson in his lifetime: 13

Number of police officers to be staffed around Staples Center: estimated at 3,200
Cost to the city of Los Angeles: estimated at $3.5 million

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