5 Jul 2009

More than 1.5 million Jackson fans seek tickets

4:10 pm on 5 July 2009

A total of 1.6 million people applied for tickets for Michael Jackson's memorial service in Los Angeles by the time the deadline passed.

Only 11,000 tickets are available for Wednesday's service at the Staples Centre arena, along with another 6,500 to watch a livefeed at another Los Angeles theatre.

The tickets are all free.

The company says it will randomly select 8,750 registrants, who will each receive two tickets.

Michael Jackson, who sold 750 million albums, died last week at the age of 50 of an apparent cardiac arrest.