SLIDESHOW: Crowds line up early for tickets to Muhammad Ali's Friday memorial service

LOUISVILLE, Ky. (WDRB) -- Hundreds lined up before dawn to get tickets to Friday's public memorial for Louisville boxing legend Muhammad Ali. 

Officials say they'll have at least 14,000 free tickets to distribute beginning at 10 a.m. on Wednesday. Organizers warned crowds that lines couldn't start until 6 a.m. But hundreds camped out overnight to get in line across the street from the KFC Yum! Center. 

The public memorial service is expected to draw thousands to downtown Louisville and attract attention from around the world. Seating is limited and this event is first come, first serve.

Speakers include for the service will include former President Bill Clinton, actor Billy Crystal and Ali's wife Lonnie.  Also announced as a speaker is one of Ali's daughters, Rasheda Ali Walsh, who is a Muslim cleric.

President Obama will not attend the memorial, but White House senior advisor Valerie Jarrett will represent him at the service. The president can't attend because he needs to stay in Washington, D. C. to attend his daughter's high school graduation. 

Parking for the memorial: 

Anyone who has a ticket to the funeral at the Yum! Center can park for free at the Kentucky Exposition Center beginning at 7:30 a.m. on Friday. Shuttle service will be provided for people with tickets between the Kentucky Exposition Center and the KFC Yum! Center. Shuttle service starts at 8:30 a.m.

People with tickets can also take TARC for free to get to the KFC Yum! Center. On Friday, there will be traffic control for the procession, as well as security at Cave Hill Cemetery and at the KFC Yum! Center.

The Visitors Bureau is helping people to secure rooms in town, but officials say the number of rooms is nearing capacity already. More people are expected to keep arriving.  Visitors can call 888-568-4784 for help with finding a room. People can also go to and click on the "all reservations" tab.

The Convention and Visitors Bureau will also have volunteers in orange t-shirts that say "I Am Ali," who can answer questions and help visitors. 

For more information about the upcoming memorial services, parking, shuttles and bus routes go to

Many roads will be closed Friday for the 19 mile procession and memorial service downtown. For a list of road closures, CLICK HERE.

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