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LOS ANGELES, CA - MARCH 30: Kobe Bryant #24 of the Los Angeles Lakers looks on during a freethrow in the first half against the Houston Rockets at Staples Center on March 30, 2007 in Los Angeles, California. NOTE TO USER: User expressly acknowledges and agrees that, by downloading and or using this Photograph, user is consenting to the terms and conditions of the Getty Images License Agreement. (Photo by Lisa Blumenfeld/Getty Images)

A public memorial to Kobe Bryant and the eight others killed in a helicopter crash last month will be held on Feb. 24 at Staples Center in Los Angeles, according to the Los Angeles Times.

Information about timing and tickets for the ceremony has not been announced, but entry is expected to be severely restricted.

The Times reports that the date was selected after discussions with Bryant’s widow, Vanessa, the Lakers organization and the Staples Center. One source said there will be no procession, and the event will end in time to allow a previously scheduled Clippers game against the Memphis Grizzlies later that night.

The date “2/24” seems serendipitous, as “2” was the jersey number of Bryant’s 13-year-old daughter, Gianna, who also died in the crash. Gianna was honored by her Mamba Academy basketball team this week, who retired her No. 2 jersey on Wednesday. Bryant wore “24” with the Lakers.