LOUISVILLE, KY (WAVE) - Tickets are no longer being distributed for the Muhammad Ali memorial service at the KFC Yum! Center on Friday.
A large group of people lined up outside the Yum! Center as early as 4:30 a.m. on Wednesday. LMPD officers allowed the official line to form just before 6 a.m.
Within an hour, the line stretched several blocks through downtown Louisville.
The ticket windows were originally scheduled to open at 10 a.m., but the blinds came up at about 8:15 and tickets were handed out. By 9:15, the windows were closed and the remainder of people waiting were turned away.
Louisville resident Felicia Garr talked about why attending the memorial service is important to her. "We're trying to keep an Ali mentality of peace and organization," Garr said. "We get the privilege of being there. It's free. I want to especially thank the Ali family and Ali himself for thinking enough of me to include me in his services, the average Joe, the community volunteer. I'm overwhelmed."
Jay Johnson drove to Louisville from Cincinnati and was the first person in line. "I was the first one here, been here all night," Johnson said. "There are folks here from everywhere. There's a guy here from London, folks from Chicago, but I was here first to make sure. This is history."
The public memorial service begins at 2 p.m. on Friday at the KFC Yum! Center. City officials have advised attendees to use the free TARC service or public parking and shuttle service from the Kentucky Expo Center.
You can watch complete coverage of Thursday's Janazah prayer service and Friday's public memorial service, as well as Ali's funeral procession, on WAVE 3 News, Bounce TV, WAVE3.COM and the WAVE 3 News mobile app. Click here for those live stream and mobile app download links.
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