StubHub to donate proceeds from two Lakers games to Bryant foundation

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When the Los Angeles Lakers take the court for the first time since the death of Kobe Bryant on Friday, StubHub will be donating the proceeds from sales to the game to the Kobe & Vanessa Bryant Family Foundation. It’ll do the same for a postponed game, too.

“In honor of Kobe and Gigi Bryant, all fees for the January 31st Lakers versus Portland Trailblazers game and the Lakers versus Clippers game – for whenever it is rescheduled – will be donated to the Kobe & Vanessa Bryant Family Foundation,” Akshay Khanna, general manager of sports for StubHub, told USA TODAY Sports in a statement.

Prices for Friday’s home game against the Portland Trail Blazers at Staples Center have skyrocketed as many fans want to be present when the franchise is expected to pay tribute to Bryant, who was one of nine people killed in a helicopter crash Sunday. According to StubHub, the lowest ticket price as of Wednesday afternoon was listed for $879.

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Jan 26, 2020; Los Angeles, CA, USA;  Fans mourn the loss of NBA legend Kobe Bryant outside of the Staples Center in Los Angeles. Mandatory Credit: Harrison Hill-USA TODAY

The Lakers had been scheduled to play against the crosstown rival Clippers at Staples Center – where both teams call home – on Tuesday. The NBA, however, opted to postpone the game until a later date out of respect for the Lakers organization.

All week long, fans have been gathering outside of the Staples Center to leave flowers, candles, posters, jerseys, and other items in remembrance of Bryant.


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