Ali memorial service will stream live at Belvedere
"I was so relieved. It made my whole trip worthwhile,” Chicago visitor, Macaeo Mayibuye said.
LOUISVILLE, Ky. (WDRB) -- “I was so grateful when you told me that. I was so relieved. It made my whole trip worthwhile,” Macaeo Mayibuye said.
Mayibuye traveled from Chicago. When he found out he could not get tickets to the Muhammad Ali Memorial, he said, “I was mad. I was kind of disgusted. He was my childhood idol and I've always loved this man and admired him, so I was kind of depressed, kind of down,” Mayibuye said.
He felt down until he found out the service will be streamed live at on the Belvedere Friday.
“Anybody is welcome to attend,” Mayor Greg Fischer said.
“I will definitely be there. I might sleep out there,” Mayibuye said.
Large screens will be set up starting at 12:30 p.m. for the 2 p.m. memorial service.
“Many people are still expressing a desire to come and watch the memorial with others. For the people who cannot be inside the KFC Yum! Center tomorrow, the city and partnership with the Ali family will be broadcasting a memorial service on a large screen TV,” Mayor Fischer said.
This is the only public live stream in downtown Louisville of the service, and it's promised to be a celebration of life for, as Macaeo put it, "A man who stood up for the whole world. [He] gave up the money, gave up the heavy weight championship of the world because of his faith."
There will be picnic tables and bleachers set up for people to sit.
It will be hot outside on Friday, so water will be provided for free, and the Kentucky Performing Arts Lobby will be open for public restrooms.
“If someone’s got a question and you don't know the answer, and ALI.com doesn't have the answer, [ask]... anybody that's wearing an orange t-shirt tomorrow that says ‘I AM ALI’ and ‘ALI AMBASSADOR’ on the back," Mayor Fischer said at a press conference Thursday.
If you're interested in purchasing one of those t-shirts, they will be on sale at the Louisville Visitor Information Center. Those shirts will not have the words "ALI AMBASSADOR" on the back, so they won't be confused with the event volunteers.
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