Michael Jackson to be Buried in Famed Hollywood Cemetery

Memorial Tickets Distributed at 'Off-Site Location'

Everyone who scored tickets must pick them up in person, at an off-site location today. AEG officials said tickets would not be given out at the Staples Center or the Nokia Theatre. In an effort to avoid the reselling of tickets, wristbands will be placed on everyone's wrists at the time of ticket distribution, and everyone attending the memorial service at the Staples Center, or the live simulcast at the Nokia Theatre, must possess both a ticket and a wristband that has not been torn or broken.

The lottery Web site received hundreds of millions of hits since opening registration July 3, but only 11,000 people, chosen at random, received admittance to the Staples Center. The remaining 6,500 will watch the memorial service at the Nokia Theatre, where the service will be broadcast.

Jackson's memorial service at the Staples Center could very well become one of the most widely attended memorials in U.S. history. Los Angeles is bracing for the nearly 700,000 people expected to descend on the city.

Hotel owners near the Staples Center said they've been inundated with calls since Thursday from fans needing a place to stay -- some were traveling to the United States from Europe. KABC reported that the Holiday Inn down the street from Staples Center has sold out. Azzi Kashani from O Hotel said, "It is exciting and sad at the same time. ... It's probably going to be one of the largest funerals, memorial services since Princess Diana."

Michael Jackson Tributes Continue

In the meantime, Jackson tributes continue to be held across the country.

Madonna paid tribute to Michael Jackson during a performance at the O2 in London, the same arena where Michael Jackson was set to stage his "This Is It" concerts.

Sharpton appeared Sunday at a ceremony honoring Jackson at the First African Methodist Episcopal Church of Los Angeles, where he called for a national day of mourning and the creation of a Michael Jackson postage stamp.

Sharpton was also sharply critical of the media, calling coverage of Michael Jackson's death "disgraceful."

"Show the same respect for Michael and Michael's family that you showed Frank Sinatra and Elvis Presley," he said, receiving thunderous applause from the congregation. Sharpton then called on people from various churches to gather in youth centers for a "love vigil" focusing on Michael Jackson's songs.

"Let the media focus on the mess while we focus on the message," he said.

The Associated Press and ABC News' Claire Shipman and Christina Caron contributed to this story.

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